Doctor Who fans everywhere will be able to tell you that the TARDIS, the Doctor’s iconic time and space travel machine, is bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside – which is a fine metaphor for a library, whose content can encompass a universe and range far across time and space. And it seems that many U.S. exponents of the Little Free Library movement have made the connection and created TARDIS Little Free Libraries.
The TARDIS Little Free Libraries seem to be popping up in as many different guises as the Doctor’s various regenerations. The Pinterest board on this meme lists 30 pins so far, which is 19 more incarnations than the Doctor has managed so far. One version, which really stretches the bigger-on-the-inside meme, is here, courtesy of Jennifer Brozek in Kenmore, WA. “We have a blue box full of worlds in our front yard,” she writes. She even gives details on how to construct it, here. “Think of it as a mini-me TARDIS filled with books that can take you through time and space to whole new worlds,” she adds. “That’s almost as good as having a visiting Time Lord like the Doctor.”
Then there’s another one, slightly larger, here, in Kennewick, WA. And biggest and best of all, perhaps, is this one, in Bloomington, MN, created by Nautiluskirk for his girlfriend. The almost full-sized model has a hatch in its side to access the books – and in some winter months, a snow Dalek beside it.
So if you hear a mysterious noise and a cryptic boxlike shape appears on your front lawn, never fear: It could be a free book delivery.