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Need equipment? Borrow it from the Essex Library of Things!

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10 November 2021

Have you used the Essex Library of Things? What do you think of it? Can you suggest ways in which we could improve it? We'd like to hear from you. Please take five minutes to fill in our short survey

The Essex Library of Things is a pilot scheme set up as part of BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy. You can browse through a list of available items on the Love Essex website, and place a hold on any item in the collection, as you would with a book. We’ll let you know when it’s ready to pick up. There are currently five libraries from which you can collect – Chelmsford, Clacton, Great Parndon (Staple Tye in Harlow), Laindon and Witham - and the mobile libraries as well. We hope to add more libraries as the project develops.

  • It’s affordable. Instead of shelling out pounds and pounds for something you might only use over the course of one weekend, pay nothing at all. (This applies during the pilot phase; we may introduce modest charges if the project continues beyond February.)
  • It gets rid of the clutter. Because you can borrow what you want when you want it, there’s no need to keep stuff all year round.
  • It’s good for the planet. Each item gets more use, rather than lying around unwanted for much of the year. There’s far less wastage, too.
  • It's safe. Electrical items will be PAT tested before every loan.

Further details can be found in our questions and answers.

The Essex Library of Things will be reviewed at the end of February 2022, and a decision made whether to continue.

The Library Service has always been about borrowing and sharing. We look forward to sharing the Essex Library of Things with you over the coming months.