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Action Idea #2: Lend Locally
We share books in public libraries, so why not create lending locations for other useful resources like toys, tools, cars, and even work spaces?
IDEAS & INSPIRATIONS
Do you live in a big gardening or DIY community, or one with lots of young kids? Consider starting a tool, seed, or toy lending library. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Start a clothing library that enables people to “check out” everyday garments for a designated period of time. See Flux: Fashion on Lend and the U.K.-based Maternity Clothes Library.
- Start a toy library to help families share toys, games, books, and other children’s items. See U.S. Toy Library Association and Start a Toy Library.
- Create a seed lending library. See How to Create Your Own Seed Lending Library.
For more about seed libraries, see New Dream's webinar recording How to Start a Seed Library.
- Start a community bike sharing program, or start a bike refurbishing project to fix up and distribute used bikes to residents in need. See Niceride, B-Cycle, and the Bicycle Lemonade project.
- Start a peer-to-peer car sharing program. See How to Start Your Own Car Sharing Program, How to Share Your Car with a Stranger, RelayRides, and Getaround.
- Start a parking or storage sharing program. See ParkAtMyHouse, Park On My Drive, StorPod, and ShareMyStorage.
- Start a tool library to share tools, equipment, and DIY tips. See our video on the Berkeley Tool Lending Library and our step-by-step guide on “Starting a Tool Library" (see PDF).
For more about tool libraries, see New Dream's webinar recording How to Start a Tool Library.
- Get to know your neighbors by lending locally. See Ecomodo, Rentalic, NeighborGoods, and The Sharehood.
- Start a ride sharing program. See Zimride, Nuride, and Liftshare.
- Set up a coworking space where people can share company, office equipment, and ideas. See What Coworking Brings to the Community Table, 5 Essential Tools for Starting a Coworking Space, How to Design a Workspace for Sharing, and How to Jelly: A Guide to Casual Coworking. Examples of shared spaces include The Hub, TechHub, NewWorkCity, and DesksNearMe.