Library of Things

We are creating a Library of Things in Crystal Palace, where you can borrow useful ‘things’ which you want but do not always need, or really need but cannot always afford to buy.

Like many people we often buy things that we use just that once and then pack away or see things in the shop that we desperately need but cannot afford to buy. In partnership with Crystal Palace Transition Town and supported by Library of Things West Norwood we are creating a Library of Things in our vibrant library space in Crystal Palace. All the ‘thing’s in the hub will be owned by the Library Hub but offered at low cost to people who want to borrow them when they need it. We want to inspire and support people in our community to spend less, waste less and share more. The Crystal Palace Library of Things will help our community to build a powerful sharing economy and will facilitate knowledge and skills sharing. It will also create an opportunity for local residents to connect and network with others from this richly diverse community.

We have now reached (in fact, exceeded) our crowdfunding target and with over £9400 raised the Library of Things Crystal Palace is soon going to be a reality! We will be ready to start lending by early 2018 and in the meantime staff and volunteers from Crystal Palace Transition Town and Upper Norwood Library Hub are busy planning to build shelves and storage at the library hub, where the Library of Things will be based, buy stock and do all the other things necessary to launch.

We have now reached (in fact, exceeded) our crowdfunding target and with over £9400 raised the Library of Things Crystal Palace is soon going to be a reality! We will be ready to start lending by early 2018 and in the meantime staff and volunteers from Crystal Palace Transition Town and Upper Norwood Library Hub are busy planning to build shelves and storage at the library hub, where the Library of Things will be based, buy stock and do all the other things necessary to launch.

This is the 2 minute video we created to encourage people to pledge to the Crystal Palace Library of Things. We’ve finished crowdfunding but have a look to get a sense of what we’re going to be doing:

We are now asking people what items they want to be able borrow from the Crystal Palace Library of Things and if anyone has any ideas you can email us at libraryofthingscp@unlt.org

We are also looking for volunteers to help us get up and running and to help us run the Library of Things Crystal Palace. If you’re interested in being a Librarian of Things you can email libraryofthingscp@unlt.org