Library of Things: Borrowing culture encourages sense of community and reduces waste

Thanks for sharing, it is a great idea!

Life & Soul Magazine

Social enterprise Library of Things is providing locals of south London’s West Norwood the opportunity to borrow items and equipment – including DIY and garden tools – rather than owning things they are likely to only use once or twice.

Among the items on loan at the Library of Things are power tools, kitchenware,  camping gear, carpet cleaners, a dehumidifier, wallpaper stripper and an acoustic guitar.

Library of Things, which is housed inside two shipping containers in West Norwood, was set up to offer a money saving scheme for locals that also reduces waste and encourages neighbours to meet each other.

Membership is free and a catalogue of what’s on offer can be found online. Under the Library of Things’ T&Cs, members can borrow up to five things for up to one week and pay between 50p and £10 depending on the item.

Library of Things is also a space where people can…

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