CCLD Free Book Box Project

Dragoon book box

Dragoon Free Book Box, with art by Celia Reed

Nine* Free Book Box locations are open now:

Douglas/Silver Creek
4478 Arizona 80 East (mile marker 381)

Dragoon - Dragoon Women's Club
1871 N Johnson Road, Dragoon
In partnership with the Dragoon Women’s Club

Double Adobe
Double Adobe Elementary School
7081 N Central Hwy, McNeal

Hereford - Valley View Community Center
6849 Arizona 92
In partnership with the Palominas Elementary School District

McNeal - near McNeal Post office
9101 Highway 191 (approximate), next to the Post Office
In partnership with the Friends Southwest Center

Naco - 3856 S. Towner Ave., near the port of entry

Pirtleville - Faras Elementary School
410 W. Fir Ave.
In partnership with the Douglas Unified School District

San Simon - inside the San Simon Post Office
2908 N. Arizona Ave., San Simon
This location features a Free Book Shelf rather than a box

St. David - near St. David post office
21 S. Miller Lane at Highway 80
In partnership with the Friends of the Benson Public Library

Whetstone - Mustang Corner Chevron Station
2222 N Highway 90 (corner of 90 and 82)
In partnership with the Huachuca City Library and the Friends of the Huachuca City Library 

You can see pictures of all of the Free Book Boxes, and of several of the artists at work, on Flickr.  


The goal of the grant-funded Free Book Box Project is to establish a collection of ten small Free Book Boxes in rural areas across Cochise County, to enhance community access to books and reading materials.  Each Book Box will contain materials for adults and children, in English and Spanish.

Locations for the Free Book Boxes have been selected with input from community members, area libraries, and community partners.  We hope to serve locations that are community gathering places, but not near existing library services.

Each Free Book Box is decorated by a local artist.  In some cases, students or partner organizations have helped with the decoration and design. 

This project differs from other "free little library" projects in terms of scope.  We expect to house and distribute several hundred books from each box, and the boxes will be restocked regularly. 

The Library District is happy to accept donations for the Free Book Boxes, and have people return books after reading them, but it is not required.



The first Free Book Box location opened on October 23, 2017, at the Valley View Community Center in Hereford.  The box was decorated by first graders from Coronado Elementary School, with the theme "Get your hands on a good book!"


Coronado students with Free Book Box

Students unveil the Free Book Box at Valley View

Look for more pictures from this project on Flickr.  If you would like to support the project, or you have questions, please contact Amadee Ricketts (

books for free book boxes

The Free Book Box Project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Cochise County Library District
1415 W. Melody Lane
Building C
Bisbee, AZ 85603
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Monday 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 8 am - 5 pm
Thursday 8 am - 5 pm
Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed