… we’ve got some ideas how the Library can be useful to you during the lockdown (and beyond, of course). We have games and jigsaws, we have things to try out such as musical instruments, a breadmaker, and unicycles, and we have tools for you to get on with the jobs that you have been putting off until you had time.
Well, we weren’t sure whether we would have to pause like we did earlier in the year, but we don’t, so, like many others, we are doing click and collect – as normal, I guess. Please do go on using the Library. We have our Covid protocols and you don’t have to come into our space.
But, don’t forget that we also do delivery and collection.
and ending up on the ground, providing shelter for invertebrates over the winter. However, they can also damage your lawn if left lying there all winter. So you could use our rakes or even leafblowers to gather the leaves and leave them in a warm and friendly pile in a corner over the winter.
We also have other gardening equipment …
We’ve been adding some new things to our inventory – we have acquired some additional duplicates of some favourite items – like a pressure washer and strimmer – but new Things to our library include:
Fan heater |£5/week
Piano Accordion | £20/week
Dehumidifier | £6/week
Junior tennis rackets set | £10/week
Torque Wrench | £3/week
Powered Cool Box | £10/week
Shredding scissors | £2/week
Jewellery Cleaning Kit | £5/week
Hand scraper | £1/week
Visit shareoxford.org, become a member, and borrow away! We can now deliver to you as well (within Oxford Ring Road) – just select ‘shipping’ when you are checking out in the catalogue. We charge £1/mile (each way).
We’ve put together a list of things you could do to make the Summer school holidays loads of fun – all using things borrowed from our Library (*parental supervision required!).
We’ve got over 550 items in our Library – but here are just 11 ideas:
- Make your own movie theatre at home
We’ve got a projector you can use for your own at home movie experience. If it’s a nice evening you could even set it up outside with a movie under the stars.
- Projector: £8-10
- Projector Screen (or you can use a blank wall!): £6-8
2. Have a crafternoon
Borrow a sewing machine, or perhaps spend an afternoon making cool badges or painting a masterpiece. We’ve got you covered
- Sewing machine: £5-15
- Badge Maker: £10
- Small Easel: £3
3. Have a board games night
We’ve got over 25 different board games – try a classic like Cluedo, or a game you’ve never tried before!
- Board games range from £2-5
4. Dance the night away at your own dance party
Pick a playlist, put on some lights and have your own at home dance party
- Disco lights: £3 -7
- Glitter disco ball: £5
- Speakers: £7-25
5. Go on a river adventure
There are lots of lovely waterways around Oxford, and getting out on a boat is a great way to experience them!
- Inflatable boat: £5
- Kayak: £20
6. Practice some circus skills
If you get good enough, perhaps you can run away to the circus instead of returning to school in September?
- Poi: £3
- Unicycle: £15
7. Whip up a storm in the kitchen
Want to try something new in the kitchen? Our ice-cream maker can whip up all kinds of tasty ice-cream flavours – delicious on some homemade pancakes or crepes! And if you want to go all out: how about some homemade jam?
- Ice cream maker: £5
- Pancake/Crepe maker: £10
- Big pot (for jam making): £5
8. Have a camping adventure
Whether you pitch your campsite in your backyard or further afield, camping adventures make for great summer holidays memories. We’ve got lots of different camping gear.
- Tents (various sizes): £8-14
- Air mattress: £5-10 (or our budget camping rolls: £1-2)
- Sleeping bag: £3
- Camping stove: £5-8
- Folding stools or chairs: £3-5
9. Learn a musical instrument
Wanted to learn a new instrument, but not sure if it’s for you? Why not borrow an instrument and see how you like it? We’re sure you could master a ukulele song in a week!
- Ukulele: £5
- Electric Keyboard: £7-15
- Electric Guitar: £15
- Accordion: £12
10. Host a fancy afternoon tea
Fancy sandwiches, delicate cakes and a spot of carpet boules is a wonderful way to spend a Summer afternoon. We’ve got you covered for everything you need to bring a touch of glam to your afternoon tea.
- Cake Stand: £3
- Carpet Boules: £2
- Chocolate Fountain: £5
- Bunting: £3
11. Say goodbye to the school paperwork
Want to get rid of all that pesky school work for good, or perhaps some old household bills? You could shred it, and perhaps then turn it into some eco-friendly fuel bricks!
- Paper shredder: £5-10
- Eco Briquette maker: £4
Prices listed are for a typical 1-week loan collected from our Library. Delivery extra.
We have a new membership scheme: £5/month, but you get this in available credit to spend in the library. Check out our membership page for full details.
Visit shareoxford.org to reserve.
We are re-opening the Library to borrowers from this Saturday (July 11th).
- New opening times (Thursday and Saturday 12-6 only for now)
- New membership – £5 (or more) a month, usable as credit against borrowing
- Covid19-safe procedures
- Trialling a delivery service
Been missing us? Get in here now then !
… is our yoga kit, comprising a yoga mat, four foam blocks and ‘Peace of mind’ (item no. 355). Now featured on the inventory.
We have received a grant to buy the time and expertise of someone who can help us develop – we are looking for applications from people of an entrepreneurial bent to work with us. Look here for the role profile for a Business Development Co-ordinator and see if it would suit you. And/or please pass it on to anyone you know who might be up for it. Thanks.
To mark Buy Nothing Day, and to help you share rather than spend, for one whole week (26th November to 3rd December) we’re offering you the chance to enjoy one free borrow from the Library of Things.
And, there’ll even be a bonus opening on *Friday 29th November*, midday-6pm, as an extra opportunity to pick up an item.
It’s open to anyone to use, whether you’re an active borrower or you’ve never borrowed from us before!
Items of £12 or less are included (that’s ~94% of our 400+ items!). Higher priced items will be discounted by £12. Normal fees will apply to renewals and the offer applies to one item per person.
Reserve your item any time from now! You must book to collect between *Tues 26th Nov* and *Tues 3rd Dec*. The discount will be applied when you come to collect your item/s.
Read more details about this offer here.