Brighton Borrowers Launches This May

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A free community-run library of things opens in Brighton Open Market.

Much like a book library, a library of things stocks items which people can borrow for a short period before returning them for others to use. Things that are particularly suited for borrowing are items that take up a lot of space but are used infrequently, such as tools, camping gear and household equipment like pressure washers and hedge trimmers.

Borrowing will be entirely free and items will be available to be collected from Planet Brighton in Brighton Open Market each Sunday from May 2023. A launch event will be held at that venue on Sunday 30th April from 11am where people can find out more about how borrowing works.

We believe that it’s better for the community to share the things we don’t use very often. Sharing things in this way not only saves money, it also reduces our impact on the environment. Most of the items available at Brighton Borrowers have been donated by members of the community, while others have been bought thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Communities Fund.

Brighton Borrowers is a non-profit community interest company, and everyone who works on the project does so on a voluntary basis. Membership and borrowing is free, though donations are encouraged for those who can afford it.

You can get involved by volunteering your time to help run the scheme or by donating items – contact details and a list of wanted items can be found at

The volunteers who run the project are looking forward to helping the local community with the current cost of living challenge while also reducing environmental pressures caused by excess consumption.

You can find more information about the project at, and keep in touch at and

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