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 & Crafts||Gardening||Outdoors & Camping||Domestic & Cleaning||Entertaining||Technology|
|Dust sheets||Long-lasting battery-powered tools (strimmer, mower etc)||Camp bed||Knife sharpener||More Gazebos!||USB-C charger for laptops etc|
|Log splitter||Brushcutter (strimmer with blade rather than string)||Folding camping tables||Sewing scissors||Portable PA system (battery powered)||Energy Usage Monitor|
|Glass bottle cutter||Torches & head torches||Carpet cleaner||Garden games||Air quality monitor|
|Whetstone||Microphone with jack lead for our DJ speaker|
|Rotating mount for our glitter ball|
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
Musical instruments, children’s & baby’s items
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.