Donate Things

We are extremely grateful to the people who donate Things they no longer need to the Library, and we’re keen to help you pass on more stuff you don’t need to good causes. If you’re looking to give Things a new home, here are some options!

Community Sharing facebook group

Our Community Sharing facebook group is a place where community groups and charities can request Things, and we can donate or help source them.

Donate to the Library of Things

We appreciate all offers of good quality new or second-hand Things for the Library. With limited space we need to be selective and cannot accept all donations so please contact us before bringing your potential donation along.

We stock the library with Things people only need to use occasionally, with a focus on tools and equipment which benefit from us looking after them. The table below lists the ranges we’re focusing on and Things we’re looking out for:

DIY & CraftsGardeningOutdoors & CampingDomestic & CleaningEntertainingTechnology
Dust sheetsLong-lasting battery-powered tools (strimmer, mower etc)Camp bedKnife sharpenerMore Gazebos!USB-C charger for laptops etc
Log splitterBrushcutter (strimmer with blade rather than string)Folding camping tablesSewing scissorsPortable PA system (battery powered)Energy Usage Monitor
Glass bottle cutterTorches & head torchesCarpet cleanerGarden gamesAir quality monitor
WhetstoneMicrophone with jack lead for our DJ speaker
Rotating mount for our glitter ball

Please email us at or call 07410 942204 to talk about your possible donation.

Organisations to donate to

Below is our directory of places you can donate different kinds of Thing. If you’d like to be added, please let Ben know at

House Clearance (furniture, large appliances, flooring etc)

National charities that will collect: Emmaus, British Heart Foundation, Reuse Network, Sue Ryder

Wood: Oxford Wood Recycling, RAW Recycling

Broken appliances, mattresses: Oxfordshire City Council Bulky Waste

Bikes & Cars

Asylum Welcome – men, women and children’s bikes in reasonable working (rideable) condition

Broken Spoke – used cycles and spare parts for adult bikes, rages, steel wool, tea, coffee, biscuits!

Ready Set Go at Oxford Hub – children’s bikes

Redbridge Recycling Centre – for bikes in a sorry state.

Giveacar – will collect a car


Work Aid – carpentry, electrical, motor, masonry, leatherwork, blacksmith etc

Tools with.a Mission – agricultural, builders, carpentry, mechanics, plumbers, sewing, power tools, IT equipment etc

Orinoco – artist’s paint, bulk quantities of fabric, paper, plastics, craft and art resources, wallpaper, sewing stuff, old tools

Working I.T. up to 10 years old

Getting Oxfordshire Online – laptops (up to 10 years old) with chargers

Asylum Welcome – up to 10 years old, in good condition, with a webcam, in full working order, with chargers

Tools with.a Mission – desktop computers and laptops running a minimum of Microsoft Windows 7, tablets, networking switch routers and cables

Broken electronics & older I.T.

Recycle Your Electricals – search for drop off point

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) can be recycled by Oxfordshire County Council

Scrap Metal Collection (free collection excepts fridges, freezers) – all electronics, microwaves, vacuums, bed frames, cookers, car batteries etc

Supporting homeless people

There is often a need for bedding, sleeping bags, tents, warm men’s clothes and shoes or books.

Check here for the current needs of different organisations.

The Gatehouse

Renovation off cuts and craft supplies

Orinoco – artist’s paint, bulk quantities of fabric, paper, plastics, craft and art resources, wallpaper, sewing stuff, old tools

Wood: Oxford Wood Recycling, RAW Recycling

Musical instruments, children’s & baby’s items

Musical instruments can be donated to Electric Umbrella or World Heart Beat

Small Steps – children’s clothes & equipment (please check website for requests)

Oxford Baby Bank – Moses baskets, cots, new mattresses, travel cots, stair gates, bouncy chairs, slings, microwave sterilisers, very clean newborn push chairs (without bassinet).

Mail or doorstep collection

The following require you to download their apps:

OLIO – list items to donate, to lend or that you want including food for doorstep collection

Vinted – list, sell and ship unwanted clothing, children’s toys and equipment, new beauty products, homeware, games, media, pet care items.

LOOP Digital Wardrobe – clothes including old, ruined clothes for recycling

Soles of Stoke (website, instagram) – old trainers to be refurbished

Learn more about the local charities who will be grateful for donations of IT, household equipment by reading this blog post.