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Upper Norwood Library Hub and Crystal Palace Transition Town want to say a huge thank you to everyone who backed our crowd-funding campaign.
As you may have heard by now, we have reached our target and with over £9400 raised and the Library of Things Crystal Palace is now going to be a reality!
Joe Duggan, co-chair of Crystal Palace Transition Town, who led on the social media campaign said:
We’re overwhelmed by the brilliant response in the local community, it really indicates this is a great idea with a lot of support!  When we presented our pitch to the mayor’s fund in July, we had already received the most backers of any of the London projects!
 Without that support, we would not have unlocked the Mayor’s pledge and the whole process would have been a lot more difficult. So, thank you to everyone who pledged, shared and supported, and a big shout out to Julia and the other volunteers on the stall.
A Library of Things is very much in keeping with the transition town vision of sustainable community-lead projects, cutting down on waste and storage space, and encouraging an affordable sharing economy. Looking forward to helping make it happen!
Margaret Adjaye, director of Upper Norwood Library Hub added:
A special thank you goes to local business pledgers, Martin & Co Crystal Palace and B&Q Sydenham for their very generous support, donating £500 each, and of course the Mayor’s Crowdfund London and Barclays for their support.
We’d also like to thank the team from the Library of Things in West Norwood for their continued support and great advice throughout the process.
Laura Wright, chair of Upper Norwood Library Hub Trust added:
I’m so thrilled we’ve reached our target – this is testament to a great idea, the hard work of all involved and the incredible generosity and enthusiasm of the people and businesses of Upper Norwood. Thank you, and I can’t wait to be able to borrow that steam cleaner!
So what happens next?
Staff and volunteers from Crystal Palace Transition Town and Upper Norwood Library Hub are now planning for the launch of the Library of Things Crystal Palace. We are busy planning to build shelves and storage at the library hub, where the Library of Things will be based, buy stock and work through all the other tasks necessary to launch in early 2018.
We are asking people what items they would like to borrow from the Crystal Palace Library of Things and if anyone has any ideas you can email us at
We are also looking for volunteers to help us in the preparation and running of the Library of Things Crystal Palace. If you’re interested in being a Library of Things volunteer, helping with front of house, item purchasing, maintenance and cataloguing, you can email
Once again, thank you everyone for your kind contributions and help in making this exciting new project a reality.
Kind regards,
Crystal Palace Transition Town and Upper Norwood Library Hub