Library of Things

We are open from 1-4pm every Saturday.

Connect with us at libraryofthingsyxe@gmail.com & facebook.com/libraryofthingsyxe

We are a volunteer run library filled with tools, kitchen gadgets, board games, camping accessories and more! All of our items have been donated and are available for you to borrow for free when you sign up for a membership.

We are currently looking for the following volunteers:
* Handy-humans to repair and maintain items
* Saturday volunteers to help customers

We are located in the basement of The Better Good.

If you aren't finding what you're looking for let us know and we'll add it to our wish list.

We also recommend utilizing the website www.peerby.com
Peerby is a community sharing website that facilitates borrowing/lending items in your neighbourhood.

DONATIONS

Wishlist
Cake Pans
Canning Supplies
Cotton Candy Maker
Mandoline food slicer

Themed party decorations

Kids birthday supplies (Outdoor games, decorations)
VHS digitizing equipment
Extension cords
Pole tree trimmer
Fog machine
Party lights
Leaf blower
Tile grout tool
Orbital Sander
Serger
Hose for air compressor
Staple GunGlue gun


As our library is quite small we may not be able to accept all donations. Please refer to our donation guidelines below and send us an email with a photo of your donation for approval.


Guidelines for donations
Items must be clean
Items must be in good working order
For fire safety, items must not be gas powered.
Items must be small and light enough to transport down stairs.
We may refuse items at our discretion.
You may leave your contact details to take the item back at any time. In the case that we re-donate unpopular items we will contact the original donor if they request it.
Please provide the manual if possible.

Once your donation has been approved please drop off during Better Good business hours:
Monday -
Friday 10:00-6:00
Saturday 10:00-5:30
Sunday Closed


Library of Things FAQ

Q: Does it cost anything to borrow the items?
A: No! We are proud to be able to offer all of these items to the community free of charge. There are no membership or borrowing fees. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers working behind the scenes, and the wonderful owners of The Better Good for donating space for our library, we are able to keep our costs down! Thank you!

Q: Can I only borrow the items for one week?
A: Nope! Let us know how long you need the item for, and we can set the due date for then. Traveling to South America for a month and need a mosquito net? No problem. Need a few weeks with the caulking gun to finish that bathroom reno? We've got you covered. The only exception to this is if somebody else has already reserved the item in the near future - in that case, we'll figure something out with you.

Q: Can I reserve items so that when I show up at the Library, I know they'll be there?
A: Absolutely! If you are new to the Library simply contact us and we can set the item aside for you. If you have already activated your membership by creating an account as well as showing a piece of photo ID to one of our volunteers, you can browse our online inventory and reserve an item.
*Please note that if you did not receive a confirmation email, your reservation was not processed.*
If you're running into issues with reservations just sent us an email and we'll get you sorted!

Q: When can I pick up items I've reserved?
A: Currently, the library is staffed on Saturdays from 1-4pm.
If these hours don't work for you, send us an email and we can see if one of our volunteers can meet you outside of those hours.

Q: I'm ready to return my item. Do I need to wait until the Library opens on Saturday?
A: Nope! Please feel free to stop by The Better Good during their regular hours ( thebettergood.com ), and feel free to drop off your item with any one of the staff members. It will be checked in by a volunteer during the next shift.

Q: Can I donate items to the Library?
A: Yes, please! We are a volunteer-run project, and all of our items have been graciously donated by members of the community. Donating to the Library is a great way to let go of those items cluttering your house that you don't use very often - and the best part is, if you do want to use them in the future, you can come borrow them! We do have somewhat limited space, so we can't accept some larger items. Please look above to read more about donation guidelines.

Q: How can I tell my friends about the Library?
A: Please feel free to share links to our Facebook page ( facebook.com/libraryofthingsyxe) and to our inventory ( libraryofthingsyxe.myturn.com/library/inventory/browse)! And of course, bring them by on a Saturday afternoon to meet one of our volunteers and browse through the collection.

Q: This seems like a really great project. How can I get more involved?
A: Volunteers are what continue to make this project successful. Please consider donating your time to help us with things like web design, creating signs, repairing and maintaining library items, and staffing the library on Saturdays to lend out items. The first step is to send an email to: libraryofthingsyxe@gmail.com to let us know you're interested.