Geocaching and public libraries
Public libraries can take advantage of geocaching in order to encourage visits to their buildings and to raise awareness of their location.
A popular way of doing library caches is to have a list of questions (in true treasure hunting style) that lead to the location of the cache. These can often be used to highlight library services e.g. “how many public access computers are there?”.
- Bath – Central
- Cornwall – Bude (158 visits in 10 months), Liskeard (21 visits in 6 months), Camelford (76 visits in 3 years). There’s also one just outside library HQ that is developing a following as the staff there wave (28 visits in 6 weeks). Looking at putting geocaches in other branches but due to proximity of existing caches, these may have to be puzzle or offset caches.
- Devon – Axminster.
- Essex – Harlow, Chelmsford
- Flintshire – Holywell Library has had one for several years, with geocachers tracking it down around four times per year.
- Hertfordshire – Stevenage Central
- Highland – Thurso Library: user has to say at the counter that they’re a cacher and then they’re given a sheet of clues.
- Lincolnshire – Market Rasen has geocache but not placed there by library staff. A comment from a user of the branch sent to me is “A great idea, especially in holidays”.
- Norfolk – Hellesdon. Also one at Long Stratton Library with 173 visits (inc 11 did not finds) so far: the staff there are well aware of the existence of the cache and try to see how many cachers they can spot.
- Northamptonshire – Northampton Central. Recommended as a puzzle cache, with solution being hidden in a big book in the reference library. Used to show history of library and its services: well-used according to number of signings and high awareness amongst staff.
- Nottingham – Central Library has a travel bug hotel (140 logged visits): staff are helpful and give cachers a fair bit of assistance in finding it.
- Peterborough – A series of caches in the libraries there.
- Stoke on Trent – A whole series of geocaches apparently placed officially. See here.
- Suffolk – A series of caches all including the name “bookworm” including at Lowestoft and Beccles.
- Vale of Glamorgan – Have had geocaches since at least 2012. They’re “very popular”.
- Wrexham – Wrexham Library.