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

16/00614/FUL – Installation of a roof top telecommunications base station and ancillary development

Residents on Trinity Rise, working in collaboration with your local cllrs, have successfully objected to the installation of a mobile phone mast on their street. 

Their opposition was based on a number of factors including possible health risks, the negative impact upon the areas conservation status and that the proposal would negatively impact on the skyline view from the park as it would change very much for the worse. 

Residents were also frustrated as it appeared that Metropolitan were intending going back on an agreement made in 2007 which said they would not install such a mast in Trinity – something which they have now given further assurances over and commitment to. 

One resident said that this issue “demonstrates very well how having the collective power of our association has helped us to win this campaign”. Something that we as local cllrs could not agree with more. 

16/00614/FUL – Installation of a roof top telecommunications base station and ancillary development