Mulligans Irish Music Bar. Amstel 100, 1017AC Amsterdam. +31(0)20 622 1330

Bookcrossing n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.

Mulligans is an OBCZ (Official Book Crossing Zone). There's a bookshelf in the back of the bar on the left-hand side where you can find free books. That's free as in gratis, no money changes hands.

Bookcrossing is a phenomenon that has been going since 2001 when some people decided their library wasn't big enough and they wanted to turn the whole world into one.

They succeeded.

You can find out more about bookcrossing by visiting their website and, while you're there, why not register yourself and become a bookcrosser too?

If you don't want to register but still want to set one or more of your books free, hand them to one of the bar staff and they'll take care of it.

"I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book."
Groucho Marx

"Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack."
Virginia Woolf