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News article created on 7 October 2016

Canal-side book exchange proves popular among Limehouse book worms

The first ever book exchange on London’s canals is proving a huge success, as well as serving as a hotel for Limehouse’s insect population.

Limehouse Book Exchange

Installed on Limehouse Basin, the bibliographical bug hotel includes shelves for people to borrow and read books, as well as specially-designed crevices providing habitats for inner-city insects such as bees, spiders, ladybirds and woodlice.

Darren Starling, towpath ranger, said: “We’re really pleased with how popular the book exchange has been so far. There’s been a huge turnover of books, probably the only one that hasn’t been borrowed is one I left in there by Ian Rankin. 

"The canals in Limehouse are home to a wonderful community, and it’s so nice that people are taking time out to share with each other. It’s such a simple thing really, but fantastic to see it being so well used.”