Port Macquarie is taking sharing to another level as residents build their own street libraries to house curb-side book collections.
The novel idea is encouraging people to make a bookshelf sized home for books to be planted in front yards and read by members of the public.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is giving away 10 do-it-yourself street libraries for free to support the movement and is hosting a workshop to build or decorate them during Library Week celebrations in April.
Library manager Jim Maguire said the street library kits can hold about 30 books each and usually cost $300.
"The idea is to encourage community unity at a street level by sharing books and conversations," he said.
"The library is helping assist this through the 10 street library kits and assisting with some books to become self-sufficient."
Residents can commit to the project by attending a launch event at Port Macquarie-Hastings Library during Library Week.
To be in the running for a street library in your neighbourhood, apply online at the library's website mnclibrary.org.au/street-library before Sunday, April 7.
There are currently four curb-side libraries in Port Macquarie at Swift Street, Sussex Court, Yarramundi Road and the famous street library fridge on the North Shore.