What is a Library of Things?

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A Library of Things is a treasure box of useful and joyful Things in your local library, housing block, cafe or workspace. There, you can: 

–> Borrow Things like drills, steam cleaners, strimmers, gazebos & GoPros by the day or week
–> Join practical events like DIY classes & Mending Meet-ups
–> Volunteer & get to know your neighbours: organise events, fix Things & spread the word

How it works

A small group of local people invite Library of Things to town, and find a community space to host it. They invite their friends and neighbours pledge money to a crowdfunding campaign to get it started.

Then, hundreds of local people join as borrowers, event participants and volunteers. You're invited to join too!

1. Join

Pay a one-off £1 to join.

All you need is an email and a debit or credit card.

        4. PARTICIPATE

Join one of our events and get making, sewing, planting, repairing and upcycling. Or join as a volunteer Host, Thing Fixer, Skill Sharer or Ambassador and find friends nearby.

2. Reserve THING

Choose the Thing you want to borrow.

Select the best date & time for you.

Pay per day you need the Thing, using a debit or credit card to confirm your reservation.



Collect the Thing from your nearest Library of Things kiosk during opening hours.

OR choose delivery by booking via the link in your reservation’s email confirmation (weekends and limited time slots only whilst we test this, maximum 2 mile delivery from Crystal Palace)

Our trial rates & membership plans

We want to make borrowing more affordable, convenient and socially rewarding than buying. So we made a range of trial rates and flexible membership plans. Share feedback here!

Start borrowing on a Pay-As-You-Go plan for just £1. Or get discounts on every single borrow by choosing Simple membership, and paying just £15 for a 3-month plan. Low income or unwaged? Choose our Concession plan.

More about Library of Things


It’s full of things that are available to borrow at incredibly low prices
— BBC London News