The Library of Things – Camden’s festive friend

We are encouraging residents to visit the borough’s Library of Things to rent low-cost items to help their festive season run more smoothly.

A social enterprise that rents out useful items including drills and sewing machines, the Library of Things is located at Kentish Town and Kilburn libraries.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden

Reducing the amount of waste that we produce in Camden is important to the borough becoming a more sustainable place to live and work.

We want to challenge the “take-make-dispose” model of the linear economy in Camden and replace it with an alternative which values repair, sharing and reuse, while cutting consumption emissions, reducing waste, and helping residents with the cost-of-living crisis.

There are many items that residents can borrow to help out this festive season including a party kit, sound systems and a pop-up bed to host friends and family.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden

The Library of Things said:

“If you’re thinking about ways to save in the run up to Christmas, renting instead of buying is a great way to keep clutter down and spend less on wasteful purchases.

“Whether you need tools to do DIY fixes that will reduce your winter heating bill, are looking to make your own presents and decorations, or need cleaning kit to spruce up the house before your family arrives - Library of Things is there to help Camden residents get the items they need for less.

“We’ve already helped Camden resident save £100,000 by renting items instead of buying them brand new.”

Over 2,000 people from across the borough have now borrowed 3,000 items, ranging from cleaning, DIY and gardening tools to items for cooking and events.

The Library of Things has also helped people share practical skills like DIY and repair with others in the community.

The Library of Things offers over 30 useful household, DIY and gardening items for residents to borrow for as little as £1.50 a day. Residents can save a further 25% with the concession discount too.

Residents can reserve items online ready to collect from a self- service kiosk. For more information visit: