Everything you need to know about the Library of Things | TimeOut

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Need a hammer or a drill in a hurry? Just borrow one from the Library of Things

Library of Things. Don’t tell me – it’s a philosophy salon in Shoreditch? It’s much more grounded than that. LoT is a new social enterprise based in Upper Norwood Library that allows people to borrow house and garden tools, cooking utensils and even the odd ukulele.
Sounds good. But how does it work? The founders wanted to create a resource for the community and managed to crowdfund £9,000 to get started. Many new items were donated or bought at a discount from brands like Bosch and Kärcher. Hire costs start at £1 a day for a hammer, £20 for a carpet cleaner, and so on. All funds go to the library’s upkeep, and there are special rates for people out of work or on low incomes. Library volunteers hold DIY demos, too, so you can learn to use the ‘things’, such as a cordless drill. 

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