Sometimes things are Awesome.

Checked out something awesome from the library? Return it to the Awesome Box.

Get one at your library

Convince your library you need one

Just Awesomed

  • Fire on the mountain
    Fire on the mountain
  • Donner dinner party
    Donner dinner party
  • The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
    The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
  • Smart money smart kids
    Smart money smart kids
  • A prisoner of birth
    A prisoner of birth
  • Willy Wonka & the chocolate factory
    Willy Wonka & the chocolate factory
  • Invisible
    Invisible
  • Saving Grace B. Jones
    Saving Grace B. Jones
  • The Scottish prisoner
    The Scottish prisoner
  • Joker One
    Joker One
  • A tale dark & Grimm
    A tale dark & Grimm
  • Monster
    Monster
  • Dept. of speculation
    Dept. of speculation
  • Ms. Todd is odd
    Ms. Todd is odd
  • Wolf pup
    Wolf pup
  • Kickbox
    Kickbox
  • Peaceful warrior
    Peaceful warrior
  • The Ugly One
    The Ugly One
  • Stay where you are & then leave
    Stay where you are & then leave
  • Zoom in zoom out
    Zoom in zoom out
  • Smile
    Smile
  • Angry Birds Star Wars character encyclopedia
    Angry Birds Star Wars character encyclopedia
  • Half a king
    Half a king
  • The irresistible blueberry bakeshop & cafe
    The irresistible blueberry bakeshop & cafe
  • Twelfth night, or, What you will
    Twelfth night, or, What you will
  • The last juror
    The last juror
  • The gods of guilt
    The gods of guilt
  • The giver
    The giver
  • Heartbeat
    Heartbeat
  • Pretty little liars
    Pretty little liars
  • The Spellman files
    The Spellman files
  • What is the Awesome Box?

    It's an alternate returns box that sits alongside your library's regular book drop.

    If you are returning an item that you really connected with, drop it in the Awesome Box instead of the regular book drop. Library staff will tag it as Awesome and share it with your library community.

    We can get your Awesome Box online

    An account with us allows you to share items on the Web.

    • Web hosting for your Awesome Page
    • A widget for your library to plug into its website
    • An RSS Feed
    • Automatic Tweeting of awesome items
    • An API for displaying items in any way you want

    Your library chooses the pieces that work best.

    It is easy to get Awesome

    You create a physical box and determine how the Awesome Box will fit into your library. We provide you with ways to get started including a nice sign kit and other promotional materials.

    The details are up to your library and we're here to help.

    Many awesome libraries

    There are currently 274 Awesome Boxes in the United States. They're in public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries.

    Awesome Network

    When we mix our Awesome data together we leverage the power of the Awesome Network to get things like top 10 lists.

    Of all the items dropped in all of the Awesome Boxes, these are the most awesome of all.

    CURRENT RANK TITLES NUMBER AWESOMES
    1The fault in our stars46
    2Divergent39
    3Gone girl32
    4The invention of wings32
    5Wonder31
    6Diary of a Wimpy Kid29
    7The book thief28
    8Eleanor & Park26
    9Life after life25
    10Ready player one24
    CURRENT RANK AUTHORS NUMBER AWESOMES
    1Riordan, Rick.105
    2Patterson, James93
    3Willems, Mo.78
    4Green, John69
    5Osborne, Mary Pope.68
    6Hunter, Erin.67
    7Rowling, J. K.66
    8Collins, Suzanne.61
    9Kinney, Jeff.49
    10Gutman, Dan.43

    Free to all

    Like the greatest public libraries, the Awesome Box is free to all.

    We are generously supported by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the Harvard Library Lab, and the Arcadia Fund.

    Contact us at info@awesomebox.io



    Get an Awesome Box at your library

    Convince your library you need one