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Indianapolis recently started a new initiative to create more city-sanctioned, immersive library installations. While some Little Free Libraries are curtailed by zoning laws, the city designed its own program to avoid such issues. 

"The Public Collection" hires local artists to construct elaborate bookshelves that also double as public sculptures. Once the shelves are complete, the collection team secures two-year contracts or permits with homeless shelters, parks, and other key locations around the city. The shelves house books donated by the Indianapolis Public Library, and residents can take them whenever they please—there is no library card requirement or sign-out sheet. 

The Collection was designed to increase access to books, while also fostering a deeper appreciation for the arts. Further goals include improving literacy and raising awareness for education and social justice in the community, according to "The Public Collection's webpage.

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