A Library of Things is an organisation which loans out items to members of its local community, promoting a sharing economy. These items can be anything and generally include DIY tools, garden machinery, kitchen appliances, camping gear, event equipment and generally useful household items.
The benefits of borrowing items from a Library of Things rather than owning them are multiple: we free up space in our homes; save money by paying a fraction of the purchase cost; and ensure items get a full life of use, reducing over-manufacturing and material usage as well as waste and carbon emissions.
The impact on the planet of our existing consumer habits is unsustainable. By borrowing and sharing instead of buying and owning we reduce our collective impact on the planet and ensure the amount of waste is kept to a minimum. Manufacturing processes along with disposal and recycling processes are all carbon-emitting problems that we need to address if we're to tackle the climate crisis.
Since the UK's first high street Library of Things emerged in Frome in 2015 there has been an ever-increasing demand for such organisations. Below we list the 14 active Library of Things in the UK.
If you have a new Library of Things to add to the list please contact us here.
Name: Borrow Don't Buy
What do they lend?: Baby & Child, DIY, Events & House Party Supplies, Gardening, Home Maintenance & Cleaning, Kitchen and Cooking stuff, Outdoors & Hobbying, Techy Stuff.
Address: THINQTANQ, Fairbairn House, Higher Ln, Plymouth, PL1 2AN
Name: Crystal Palace Library of Things
What do they lend?: Adventuring, Cleaning, Cooking & Hosting, DIY, Gardening, Hobbying.
Address: Upper Norwood Library Hub, 39-41 Westow Hill, London, SE19 1TJ
Name: Hull Library of Things
What do they lend?: Automotive, Baby & Child, DIY, Gardening, Health and Wellbeing, Hobbying, Home, Outdoor, Party, Technology.
Address: 265A Cottingham Road, Hull, HU5 4AU
Name: Kernow Library of Things
What do they lend?: Camping, Crafts, Decorating, Games, Gardening, Kitchen, Party, Tools.
Address: The Old Gentlemen's Hut, Quay Hill, Penryn, TR10 8JE
Name: Share and Repair Bath
What do they lend?: Camping & Outdoors, DIY, Gardening, Home, Parties & Events
Address: 8 Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LJ
Phone: 07486 518197
What do they lend?: 1000 items from 10 categories: Arts & Craft, Baby & Children, DIY, Events, Gardening, Household, Kitchen, Leisure & Camping, Music/Media/Audio-Visual, Sports & Games.
Address: 3a The Bridge, Frome, BA11 1AR
Name: SHARE Oxford
What do they lend?: Arts and Crafts, Camping, Children, Cleaning, Cooking, Cycling, DIY, Education, Electronics, Entertaining, Gardening, Household, Music, Sports, Travel.
Address: Makespace, 1 Aristotle Lane, Oxford, OX2 6TP
Phone: 07410 942204
Name: Share Shed
What do they lend?: Over 350 items including: Camping, Gardening, Household appliances, Sewing machines, Suitcases, Tools and more.
Address: Mobile library of things based in Devon.
Phone: 07516 908237
Name: Stirling Tool Library
What do they lend?: Over 300 items from sewing machines, drills and saws to mechanical tools, gardening tools and cooking equipment.
Address: Unit 12, Stirling Arcade, Stirling, FK8 1AX
Phone: 01786 357171
What do they lend?: Camping, DIY, Entertainment, Events, Garden, Hobbies, Homeware, Kitchen.
Address: Brachdy House, 50 Brachdy Road, Rumney, Cardiff, CF3 3BG
Phone: 07922 546933