Cache Hiding Themes—January: books and libraries

You shared, and we listened!

We received a library’s-worth of submissions for 2024’s first cache hiding theme. We asked you to share your favorite book and library-themed caches for January, and you showed up with some “novel” hides!

Though we’d love to share all the submissions, we’d end up with an entire book instead of a blog post, and our editors said the world wasn’t ready for that yet. So instead, we picked a few of our favorites!

Check out these beloved bibliographic cache hides in no particular order (and then maybe check out a book from the library for the sake of the theme):

  1. GCA45BF—📚 Colourful Language 📚
    Image by Simber15.

    SGT Camo has won over the hearts of this Queensland neighborhood (and quite frankly, our hearts, too!). Besides wielding the power of knowledge, he’s also got a cache to find!

  2. GCAJPMH—Best Sellers
    Image by tela42499.
    Image by tela42499.

    This newly-published Mystery Cache has a multitude of secrets to uncover! Stamp the date alongside your username on this checkout card logsheet for the true library experience!

  3. GC2QP01—Pieces of Eight
    Image by Sneaky Wildcat.


    Image by Sneaky Wildcat.

    Who hasn’t dreamt of an adventure in a library? This pirate-themed Multi-Cache will have you feeling like a real swashbuckler amid the stacks of books!

  4. GCAF9F4—Bookworm
    Images by LeeHunts.

    We all love a Little Free Library find, but this cache has a bit of a twist. You’ll need to think outside of the box (quite literally) to log this one!

  5. GC64A8Z—Still Searching for the right words

    This marvelous Mystery Cache will have you puzzling in the library for a bit as you work to solve a tricky word search. You’ll find this safely guarded cache when you solve the puzzle and reach GZ.

  6. GC8YJNJ—Reading Rocks
    Image by Team_N.

    This darling library Multi-Cache will give you some rock-solid clues to help you get the final coordinates. No spoilers here, but all we can say is that reading rocks!

  7. GC8029R—Geobox
    Images by Einsztein27, KGUNIA (top), and pocztapp (bottom).

    This cache is an adventure like no other! A Letterbox Hybrid surrounded by letters, this field puzzle will get your wheels turning and even leave you with a souvenir certificate!

  8. GCAA7NJ—Guelph Public Library Cache: Scottsdale (Volume 2)
    Image by Double_Helix.

    This cache says it all—literally! You can even “check out” the book with the creative logsheet provided by the cache owner.

We don’t have enough words to express how much we love these library caches! Though we can only share a handful, countless others are out there. Thank you to all the hardworking cache owners who hit the books to hide something unforgettable for the geocaching community.

Don’t forget: next month’s theme is birdhouses! Submit your favorite birdhouse-themed cache by filling out this form.

We look forward to seeing the cache creations you come up with—let your imagination soar!

Nikki is a Community Manager at Geocaching HQ. Her specialties include making cheesy puns, talking endlessly about coffee, and being the only Californian who enjoys rain. She is passionate about geocaching and loves that it brings communities together.