Library of Things opens at Livat Hammersmith
The Livat Hammersmith retail and leisure destination has welcomed Hammersmith Library of Things to its line-up.
The community-powered social enterprise helps people save money and reduce waste by renting out useful items like drills, sound systems and sewing machines. It also helps people share practical skills like DIY and repair with others in their local area.
Following support from both Livat and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham council, Library of Things will offer over 20 useful household, DIY and gardening items for residents to borrow for as little as a few pounds per day.
Local residents will be able to reserve items online then collect them from a self-service kiosk in Livat Hammersmith.
Library of Things was founded by Emma Shaw, Rebecca Trevalyan and Sophia Wyatt in 2016 after the trio was inspired by similar projects emerging in cities like Berlin and Toronto.
Following the launch of a first self-service kiosk in Crystal Palace in 2018, Library of Things is now open in nine locations across London as it looks to create a circular economy through its partnerships with product manufacturers Bosh, Kärcher and STIHL, as well as local councils and community groups.
Emma Shaw, co-founder of Library of Things, said: “We’ve had lots of interest in Library of Things from Hammersmith residents and organisations – so we’re excited that they’ll soon be able to borrow quality items like Bosch drills, Kärcher pressure washers and STIHL hedge trimmers for a few pounds per day. This is an important step for Library of Things, as we expand our work to create a community-led circular economy in neighbourhoods across London.”
Natalia Petalina, meeting place manager at Livat Hammersmith, added: “The needs of the local community is at the heart of everything we do in Hammersmith, providing the community with different ways to spend time together. We are excited to welcome Library of Things into our meeting space to help residents of Hammersmith save money and reduce their waste to live more sustainably.”
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