How to Start a Lending Library for Tools and Equipment or Anything Else…

Lending libraries are an excellent way of making use of redundant equipment. It also offers access to equipment which may only be needed once and beyond the budget of many people.


A fantastic post on the Transition Culture site inspired me to put this set of links together. The Full Transition Culture daily post is linked below.

Seattle Tool Library

There are many community lending schemes which are of huge benefit and help improve the community whilst saving valuable resources and reducing waste.


The attached document, courtesy of

This site has a comprehensive guide detailing everything needed. It is American based so the tax details are not applicable. However guidance for UK tax matters is available from the HMRC website

A good general guidance document is available from Good Governance

We can all help our communities grow and work better, by taking the bold step of asking for help.

The possibilities are endless.



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