Buying less

I’ve just been in town and there’s a pop-up market selling all sorts of meaningless tat, for christmas I suppose, and getting in before the obscenity of Black Friday. We’ve just had COP26 and yay! we can all look forward to driving electric cars by 2035, or is it 2030 now? but we go on consuming so much unnecessarily.

Talking of Black Friday, for years, since long before Black Friday became a thing in this country, there has been Buy Nothing Day around the start of the big advertising push towards Christmas. It may not sound like fun, but we hope to encourage you to get involved…

Do your bit by resisting the allure of Black Friday and by supporting Buy Nothing Day 2021 on and around November 26th as a detox from consumerism and an opportunity for you to tune into the impact we have on the environment through shopping. People in more than 50 countries around the world will make a pact with themselves to take a break from consumption as a personal experiment or a public statement, and the best thing is – it’s free!!

…and repairing more too

We are again this year doing SHARE Oxford’s bit to combat the consumerism of Black Friday and holding a Repair Café. Our Repair Cafés encourage saving money and resources by keeping the things that you already have going, in preference to throwing them away and replacing them. “The greenest thing is the one you already own”

A conversation about the Library of Things

We were delighted when Caroline Wood, a local freelance science writer and podcaster, came in to speak to Maurice and Susan about how the library works. We hope you enjoy having a listen and learning a bit more about the library, the wonderful collection of things people have donated and ways you can live more sustainably by sharing rather than buying, as well as our experiences in the extraordinary last year.

September 4th (Saturday) early closing

For one day only, the Library of Things will be closing early. Hours that day will be 11.30 until 3.30 ONLY.

If you want to reserve items for collection on that day, please be sure to collect them by then, and if you have items to return, please bring them back by then. Very grateful.

All other days are will have normal opening hours.

Recruiting a Project Coordinator for SHARE

This is an exciting moment to take on this role. SHARE Oxford has proved itself to be a going concern and is now due to take the next step in extending its activities and impact. Part-time position on a self-employed basis.

£400 per week for 20 hours a week. Start date: as soon as possible

If you’re interested in knowing more, write to for the full role description

First international twinning of Libraries of Things

At today’s AGM we were excited to announce that we have twinned with Zero in Palermo in Sicily

Waste reduction cannot be confined to individual countries if we are to make significant change. By linking, not only with other Libraries in the UK, but also with similar initiatives across the world we hope to increase the effect of what we do. Michelangelo of Zero wrote to us: “We are really happy to establish our twinning as a symbol of solidarity, common purpose and international recognition of commitment to shared values. We think that, besides the stated symbolic value, this initiative could lead us to share best practices, project milestones and more.”

We are proud to have initiated this and hope to join up with other Libraries in other countries in the future.

Online meeting

We’re having our AGM on Saturday 15th at 1.30pm. Online again this year, because although it’s fine coming to get ‘things’ from the Library, it’s still not fine to come into the Library or to meet in any numbers. If you fancy being at the AGM, email and ask for the link

Would you like to help guide SHARE Oxford?

SHARE Oxford is aiming to form a group of interested people as trustees who will:

  • help with the strategic direction of SHARE Oxford
  • provide accountability for the coordinator and the volunteers
  • bring specific expertise where needed
  • represent SHARE Oxford to external stakeholders where possible

They may take on specific roles to support the volunteer team. We are specifically seeking people with skills in any of the following areas:

  • Social enterprise governance
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Fundraising

To have at least one of these positions covered by somebody who has previous experience of establishing a community action group or a social enterprise would be invaluable.

To find out more please email us at or read more details here.

If you’ve gotta buy on Black Friday, help the Library of Things out

As an alternative to the commercial Black Friday sales, we suggest you could buy used (but working) items from the Library – the money will help us, and so will the space we save.

Over time as we’ve accumulated things and learnt more about the needs of our borrowers, we’ve acquired items in the Library that we no longer need. In the spirit of not throwing things away, we are offering them for sale: see the list below.

Please email us at saying what you’d like and if you can come and collect the item(s) during our opening hours that would be great. Or we may be able to deliver… write and ask.

Cordless carpet cleaner – G-Tech. Very light weight, battery chargeableWithdrawn
Leaf-blower – blows leaves and sucks them (not at the same time). It has a bag to collect the sucked-up leaves.£10
Bike carrier – for one or two bikes on the rear of a vehicle. SOLD
Bow saw – approx 55cm wideSOLD
Edging shears – the kind with vertical blades, eg for edging a lawn.£5
Electric chainsaw – Performance PWR 1750CSASOLD
Heat gun – Wickes£6Not on the catalogue
Hedge trimmer (corded) – Challenge Hedgemaster 370SOLD
Extendable ladder (2 x 4m approx.)£20
Electric drill – Bosch GSB 12vSOLD
Horse-riding helmet – size 6 7/8£10
Ski goggles – Oxylane£5
Electric strimmer (battery-driven) – Challenge Xtreme£10
Petrol (2-stroke) strimmer – McCulloch TrimMac 210SOLD
Tool box – approximately 55 x 20 x 20cm with a carrying handle, and a removable tray inside£4
Tool box – approximately 36 x 13 x 13cm with a carrying handle£3
Socket set – KamasaSOLD
Steam mop – Shark ProfessionalSOLD
Shredder and laminator set (both A4) – Texet£15Not on the catalogue