Little Free Library box outside Downtown Edwardsville

Little Free Library


Busey Bank Associates Build, Install ‘Little Free Libraries’

Promoting Connection and Literacy in the Community


Committed to supporting the arts, advocating for our youth and helping neighbors in need, Busey is pleased to welcome Little Free Libraries across communities it serves—including installations at 15 of its branches. Built to promote connection and literacy, the Little Free Library is available to community members interested in increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

“Building and installing Little Free Libraries is a small way to make a big impact in our communities,” said Robin Elliott, President and CEO of Busey Bank. “This creative partnership provides access to free books, allowing for improved literacy and education while fulfilling the Busey Promise by bringing people and resources together to generate positive change in the places we live and work.”

What started as a small book exchange created in 2009 has now spread to over 80,000 Little Free Libraries in 91 countries, and more than 120 million books have been shared in this growing global phenomenon. On average, the libraries see nearly 500 visits per location annually and have increased literacy in neighborhoods and communities by offering free access to books. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.

The Busey Little Free Library installations are part of a larger community initiative—Busey Drives Generosity.

Being a community financial services organization means being a good neighbor—partnering for purpose and progress. From robust associate volunteering efforts to corporate-led sponsorship opportunities, Busey gives more than $1 million and countless volunteer hours annually to the places we call home. That’s been our promise since we opened our doors more than 150 years ago and it remains our promise today.
Swipe for more
Busey's Little Free Libraries Locations
Building Little Free Library box at Fort Myers/Summerlin
Building Little Free Library box at Kirby
Little Free Library box at Joliet
Free Library box at Downtown Decatur with Busey Associates.