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How borrowing works

Library of Things helps you save money and reduce waste by affordably renting out useful Things like drills, sound systems and sewing machines from local spaces. You can also learn skills like DIY and repair.

A borrower collecting a Thing from the kiosk

1. Browse and reserve

Got a job or project in mind? Or fancy doing a fun activity? Visit our website to find your nearest kiosk and reserve the Thing you need. If it’s available, you can collect it right away.

2. Collect and return

Pop to your local self-service kiosk to collect your Thing and get stuck into your project. Had a great time borrowing? Ace! Return your Thing to the kiosk, ready for another neighbour to use.

3. Share skills & track your impact

Join a skillshare session with your neighbours to learn practical skills like DIY and repair. Track the environmental impact you and your community have made by borrowing and mending!

Ready to start borrowing?

Why borrow rather than buy?

Sharing the Things we only use now and again cuts down on clutter, is more affordable, brings people together and is kinder to our planet.

It's more convenient

It's more convenient

Get your hands on high quality items for less

Borrow high quality Things, for a few pounds a day. We've teamed up with top suppliers like Bosch, Kärcher and STIHL to make borrowing a more affordable alternative to buying.

Things, ready when you need them

You can reserve and collect Things you need to borrow on the same day.

Cut down on clutter by buying less stuff

We’ve reached peak stuff. Instead of cluttering your cupboards with purchases you won’t use often, pop down your local highstreet and borrow the items you need instead.

Borrow high quality Things, for a few pounds a day.

Reserve and collect Things you need to borrow on the same day.

Save on clutter and borrow the items you need instead.

It's more rewarding

It's more rewarding

Unlock new experiences

Discover a new hobby, upcycle furniture or throw a street party for your neighbours. Browse our activity guides to see which activities you can do with our Things.

Share and learn new skills with your neighbours

DIY pro in the making, but not sure where to start? Join one of our skillshare sessions to learn the basics, or join a repair party and learn how to mend your much-loved Things.

Support your local highstreet

For every £10 you spend on borrowing, £8.50 stays locally, creating jobs for your neighbours and supporting the local community spaces where our kiosks live.

Browse our activity guides to see which activities you can do with our Things.

Join a skillshare session to learn practical skills like DIY and repair.

For every £10 you spend on borrowing, £8.50 stays locally.

It's kinder to the planet

It's kinder to the planet

A simple way to be more sustainable

Borrowing or repairing items you don't use often reduces the amount of Things that are produced and end up in landfill as waste.

Track your impact

See how much waste you and your local community have saved so far by borrowing instead of buying.

Grow the borrowing movement

The more we share, the better is it for our planet. Get a friend or neighbour to give borrowing a try, or start a campaign to bring Library of Things to a new neighbourhood.

Borrowing reduces the amount of waste the ends up in landfill.

See how much waste you and your local community have saved by borrowing.

Grow the borrowing movement. Get a friend or neighbour to give it a try.

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Frequently asked questions

How is borrowing different from other hire services?

Where do you get your Things from?

How do you decide which Things go in the library?

Do you offer concession rates?