Library of Things launched on 16th February

The time has come – we are delighted to announce that Feb 16th, 2019 is the date of the pilot launch of the Library. From today, you can borrow items from the Library that you may want access to but don’t want or need to own, and things that you only need occasionally rather than buying – think tools, household, entertainment and more!

This is great for your wallet, your space, and the environment. We hope you’ll join us! 

Our vision

We aim to enable our members to share access to good quality things so that they may prevent waste, save money, save the environment, and feel good about it.

see more on About us page…

What we do

In order to work towards our vision, currently we are: 

  • establishing a Library of Things, launching on February 16th 2019, which will enable borrowing instead of buying items which are only occasionally needed, such as tools, outdoor equipment, domestic and cooking equipment;
  • running a regular series of Repair Cafés, where our volunteers will have go at fixing your broken items. The next Repair Café, will be on March 3rd 2019.

Keep in touch, or get involved!

Join us:

We have Volunteering opportunities – get in touch and let’s talk about it libraryofthings@shareoxford.org

Follow our story:

  • look at our latest updates in our blog 
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Help us:

Might you have something to donate or lend to the Library…?

We have a growing collection of great things to lend but we can use more! Our priority list of things we want is below (and a longer list here):

Home etc ToolsFun
Baking equipmentAngle grinderBoard games
BucketsAxeCraft equipment
Camp bedBike maintenance standFolding tables and chairs
Carpet cleanerDust sheetsJigsaws
Garden toolsLong spirit levelMusical instruments
HosePower toolsOutdoor games
Jump leadsStaple gunProjector
Kitchen gadgets and home appliancesScaffolding towerRe-usable glasses, cups, crockery and cutlery for parties
Large pots, pans and baking traysStepladderParty accessories
Leaf blowerTransformer 
Pressure washerWorkbench 

Please go to our donate page for more information about what and how you can donate.

Come and see us:

Opening times: We will be in our space on Tuesdays and Thursdays, approximately 4pm-7pm, and Saturdays approximately 1pm-5pm and at other times by prior arrangement. We advise you to check with us before you travel (call 07767 667890). 

The address is Makespace, 1 Aristotle Lane, OX2 6TP. Note: if you’re coming by car, you need to approach from the north along Hayfield Road.

Libraries of Things …

… exist in many places. If you want to find out about the idea and where they exist, you could look here for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Things .

We would like to acknowledge help and support we had from the London Library of Things and SHARE Frome (who allowed us to copy their name too) in turning the idea of a Library of Things in Oxford from the idea into a reality.