Library of Things is on a mission to make borrowing better than buying. Set up by 3 close friends, the Library of Things started life in Norwood Library where neighbours were invited to borrow items instead of buying new.
Co-Founder Rebecca Trevalyan says “We were living in Brixton when we started Library of Things, and now we have our office here too – so we’re really excited to finally be bringing a version of the service to the neighbourhood!”
Library of Things aim to help people to save money and reduce waste by affordably lending out useful Things. During the lockdown Library of Things started offering a home delivery service which has been popular with Crystal Palace residents, who have been borrowing Things to do DIY, cleaning, gardening and crafts to stay active during the pandemic.
“It’s been a really tough few months for lots of people. Our borrowers in Crystal Palace told us that they needed tools for DIY projects, for cleaning and for entertaining families whilst spending more time than usual at home – so we feel it’s more important than ever that good quality Things are made accessible” says Rebecca.
The extension of the ‘Things on Wheels’ service to include Brixton has been part-funded by a post-COVID-19 recovery grant from Lambeth Council. Brixton residents will be able to reserve and borrow items from mid-September.
Rebecca continues “We’re still looking for a permanent community hub home for Library of Things in Brixton, but in the meantime, people can get items like drills, carpet cleaners, sewing machines and strimmers delivered to their door for a few pounds per day.”
If you want to borrow quality power tools, sewing machines, projectors, carpet cleaners and more for just a few pounds per day then Library of Things is the answer to affordable, planet friendly tools.
The Library of Things ‘Things on Wheels’ home delivery in Brixton can be booked online soon, with deliveries in the Brixton shared Electric Van starting in a few weeks. The item catalogue is online and you can vote on the items you wish to borrow to be added to the collection.