I am keen to bring a Library of Things to Waterloo and I’m looking for other local people who would also be interested.
A Library of Things, also known as a Tool Library, is a local community resource where people can borrow tools and other useful items at low cost, instead of having to buy and store them. In this way users save money as well as storage space in their homes. These libraries also enhance community links through sharing with neighbours and sharing ideas and tips. They host events where local people can share skills and get advice on making, repairing, upcycling and growing things. They also promote sustainability and protect the environment.
A successful Library of Things was set up in Crystal Palace last year, and the team behind it are looking for 9 other London communities to support in establishing their own libraries. Items for loan there include DIY tools, gardening tools, carpet cleaners, musical instruments, sewing machines, a bread maker, equipment for parties, and an ice-cream maker.
More information about the Crystal Palace Library of Things, and the project to support new sites, is available via the following links;
https://www.libraryofthings.co.uk/home/#howitworks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuUAg04KZYI https://www.libraryofthings.co.uk/new-sites
Please have a look. If you are interested, there are a couple of ways you can support the project, right now. You can register as a Potential Borrower. This is really important if you think you’d use this service, as it demonstrates there is local demand/support. You can also register as a Potential Initiator if you’d like to join the team getting the project up and running. The online form for these registrations, as well as further details as to what would be required of an Initiator, is on the New Sites page, link above.
If you have any thoughts on potential host sites, potential commissioners or potential sponsors local to Waterloo, please let me know.
Please forward this message to any local friends and neighbours who you think might be interested.
Yes that’s the case in the Crystal Palace Library of Things. People could also borrow a drill from a neighbour at no cost, or use a sharing site/app, hire one for considerably more, or buy their own. A Library of Things could provide a different option, in addition to those already available, which will be the best for some people’s circumstances, but not for others :)