What is a Library of Things?

SHARE:Frome is a Library of Things.

Like a normal library, you can sign up as a member and borrow items you need.

We have a large variety of items, from power tools to sporting equipment. To view them all visit our online catalogue!

“The average drill is used for only 13 minutes in its entire lifetime.” 

What if, instead of buying that drill, you could borrow one instead?


Why Borrow?

Save the Environment

First and foremost, borrowing instead of buying can make a big difference to your carbon footprint. In 2020, we were able to save our users 199 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, 254 tonnes of raw material use and 22 tonnes of manufacturing waste! By borrowing, we avoid unnecessary production, as well as waste ending up in landfill!

As an organisation, we aim to do as much as we can to reduce our environmental impact. More about this can be found in our Environmental Policy.

Save Money

The original cost of many of our items can be as much as £300, such as our dehumidifiers and carpet cleaners, so by borrowing for under £20 a week, you could save around £250, especially if you only it borrow once or twice a year.

We also offer Low Income membership, which saves you 75% off all borrows, as well as Student membership which saves you 10% off all borrows!

Save Space

Ever got frustrated by the fact that your juicer you use once in a blue moon, takes up so much space? Or trying to fit your lawnmower back in the shed every year? By borrowing instead of buying, these kinds of items are a great way to save space in your home!

Connect to your Community

Many of our items are kindly donated by the Frome community and we have a wonderful team of volunteers who help out in the shop and repair our items. Being a member of SHARE:Frome, whether you are a regular borrower, volunteer or supporter of our ethos, helps to grow and strengthen the community of Frome!


Opening Times

Tuesday: 10.30am – 2pm
Wednesday: 10.30am – 2pm
Thursday: 10.30am – 2pm
Friday: 10.30am – 2pm
Saturday: 10.30am – 2pm

How to borrow from SHARE

Sign up to SHARE

Step 1:
Become a member. It’s quick & easy.

Reserve items from our catalogue

Step 2:
Reserve your items online. You can see our full catalogue of items here.

Borrow from our Library of Things

Step 3:
Borrow any item in stock for as long as you wish!

Return your items to SHARE Library

Step 4:
Use your item, then bring it back to SHARE, Library of Things for others to borrow.

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