Do you want to deep clean your carpets or trim back a hedge? Whether its a DIY challenge, gardening or home maintenance its much harder without the right equipment. Now you dont need to spend lots of money on expensive, bulky items. Simply borrow from our Library of Things. This will save you money, reduce waste and benefit your community whilst protecting your wallet.
Our Library of Things (LoT) is a non-profit initiative that loans out various useful items to members for a small fee. Why not join more than 150 Eco Hub members already using it.
What types of things are available to loan?
We stock a wide range of items, many of which have been donated by members of the community. Items from our extensive catalogue include ladders, carpet cleaners, power hand tools, sewing machines, and lawnmowers to name just a few!
HOW DOES IT WORK
On your next visit to the Eco Hub pay your annual membership fee of £10. You will now be able to browse the online inventory and reserve items.
When you want to borrow an item, simply go to the catalogue – click this link to view our full inventory
Members can browse the inventory and reserve the item for use (as long as the items are available).
Finally, visit the Eco Hub with proof of ID and address plus your payment card, complete some paperwork (takes about 10 mins), pay for your reserved “Things” and take them, the instructions and any consumables away.
By using the LOT you are ensuring each item is used to its full potential, which will help reduce over-manufacturing, material usage, waste, and carbon emissions. We also take on the responsibility of insuring, maintaining and storing the items, meaning that you not only save money, but you also have more space at home.
Return the item(s) on time and in the same condition as you borrowed it, ready for its next use. If you are returning it late, please let us know so that we don’t disappoint other customers (there may be an additional cost for late returns). Also, if there is an issue or fault, please tell us so that we can arrange a repair or replacement.
What Have Other Members Said About The Eco Hub Library of Things?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Library of Things?
Just like the library in your town which loans out books, our Library of Things lends various useful items to its members. We charge a small fee to cover our costs such as insurance and item maintenance, and many of the ‘Things’ have been donated by people in the community.
When is it open
COLLECTIONS AND RETURNS MONDAYS 9-4PM, THURSDAYS 9-4PM AND FRIDAYS 9-4PM, SATURDAY 9-MIDDAY ONLY
What makes us different from a traditional hire shop?
There are a few differences between a hire shop and a LOT. Firstly, the Walton on Thames Library of Things based at the Eco Hub in Walton is non-profit with all money raised going towards covering costs and improving our inventory of items rather than a commercial business which aims to make money for profit. Secondly, the Walton on Thames Library of Things contains a wide range of ‘Things’, including many that a hire shop would not stock, such as a chocolate fountain. We also loan ‘Things’ out for much less money than a hire shop would, making it more affordable to many more people.
How do I become a member?
In addition to registering online you also need:-
- To be at least 18 years old
- To have an email address. We use this to send you receipts and important information about your loan.
- You must sign the Liability Waiver during the online sign-up process.
- You must bring at least one form of photo ID that has your current full time home address with you when you first use us. We will save a copy of this onto the LOT secure server to identify you for future loans.
How do I pay for membership and loans?
You can pay for your membership and make your loan donations either by cash or card. For card payments, we use a payment processing provider called SquareUp. SquareUp is a PCI Service Provider Level 1, which is the highest grade of payment processing security.
How much does it cost
Our standard membership is incredible value.
We want to encourage everyone in the community to borrow more and buy less. For this reason we have set an incredibly low single standard joining fee of £10.
How many items can I borrow
All members have the opportunity to reserve up to 5 items at any one time. There is no limit on your annual borrowing.
Do I need to live in Elmbridge to use the LOT?
No. You can come from as far as you like, though you may have a LOT/share shed more locally, so do check before making the journey. One thing to consider is that all items must be collected and returned to us. We do not have a delivery service.
The Fairness Rules
- We want the LOT to work for everyone, so please bring your loan back on time. If you do not, you may be charged additional payments.
- Bring your item back in the same condition as when you borrowed it. We don’t want to spend valuable time, money and resource cleaning/repairing items due to neglect.
- Tell us immediately if you find a problem with the ‘Thing’ you have borrowed. Please do not use it if it is broken and or dangerous to use.
- Make sure you know how to use the ‘Thing’ properly. Please ask for help before you leave The Hub, and read the instructions provided. ***Remember you are the only person permitted to use the item.***
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