Library of Things

Why buy when you can borrow?!

A Library of Things is a space where you can; borrow useful items like DIY tools, gardening things, kitchenware, camping kit and events equipment; learn how to use items in 1-to-1 sessions /workshops and get to know your neighbours at regular open nights. 

How does it work?

1. Become a member for free. Go to their home in West Norwood, show them some photo ID (like a drivers’ license) and sign the borrowing policy.

2. Browse the Library. All the items are listed in the online catalogue so you can see what’s available.

3. Borrow items. You can borrow up to 5 things for up to 1 week. You pay a small amount – between £0.50 and £10 depending on the item. It’s always much cheaper to borrow than to buy. Concessions available too.

4. Attend a workshop. They run workshops in making, baking and DIY so you can learn new things and take home something lovely.

When are they open?

They are open 3 days a week at our first library home: 

Community Shop, Vale Street, West Norwood, SE27 9PA

Tuesdays, Thursdays 12pm-7pm; Saturdays 10am-4pm

Launch press release –

Library of Things

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