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 the local Transition Town, 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.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our project is unique and different. Why? It reinvents Libraries for the 21st Century, alongside books we can offer a wide range of 'things' that can greatly broaden the lending experience and introduce a whole new dimension to what a library is. Besides, it cuts down on wasteful purchases, reduces landfill, saves money and saves storage space, always at a premium in London. We are also creating a strong environment for community learning, education, culture and ideas. We are supporting people to lead clutter free lifestyles at home and offering our richly diverse community a chance to access useful items that they don't want, or are unable to buy.
Steps to get it done:
We have a great location right on the main triangle shopping area of Crystal Palace.We already have drawn up a community wish-list of 'things' that local people want to borrow and a group of volunteers ready to help make this a reality! We have identified a great location in the Library ! We also have a lend-engine ready to go !
About the space
Upper Norwood is a hilly residential area of South-East London. It can be defined as the Upper Norwood ward of the London Borough of Croydon and/or the postal district SE19, which includes areas within the London Boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Bromley.
London Borough of Lambeth
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