Share Salisbury (A Library of Things)

What Is Share Salisbury?

Share Salisbury is a not-for-profit venture which hopes to provide Salisbury with its very own Library of Things. “What is a Library of Things?” I hear you ask! It is a Library  But instead of being full of books, it is full of stuff… useful stuff like home electrical items, gardening tools, children’s toys, hobby items, camping gear, DIY tools and SO much more!  There are successful ones popping up all over the UK in places like Frome, Bath, Glasgow & Oxford. We loved the sound of it so much we wanted to give Salisbury its very own ‘Library of Things’ too!

Sharing instead of buying new promotes a circular economy whilst providing access to items that may have previously been unaffordable, only required for a single use and/or impractical to store at home. We would like to be accessible to everyone within the community so will be offering reduced cost membership plans for people on low income.

We are hoping to raise a minimum of £5,000 to get this community venture off the ground. Although the more money raised, the greater the variety of things that will be available for you to borrow!


We believe that a new Library of Things would benefit Salisbury & its residents for the following reasons;

- Reduces social inequality at a local level
- Reduces waste going to landfill  
- Saves your home from clutter
- Saves you money
- Is good for the environment
- Enables you to try new hobbies

What are the Rewards for Donating?

By pledging today, not only will you be helping to give Salisbury a new Library of Things but you will also be rewarded for your generosity. Not sure what to get someone for Christmas? Why not get them access to EVERYTHING they might ever want or need! All pre-order memberships will be delivered before Christmas so will make the perfect present for friends and family. Memberships will only be activated the first time something is borrowed.

£any = Shout out online for being an absolute hero & supporting this initiative!

£15 = In-house 3D Printed Keyring
We cannot guarantee this will be with you before Christmas

£30 = Your Choice of Gift
There are only 10 of each gift available right now so it is first come first serve! If your chosen gift is out of stock, we will still get you one it just wont be with you before Christmas! Choose from...

- 1lb Jar of local honey
- Handmade wooden reindeer
- Macramé plant hanger
£50 = Pre-Order Membership 2021
Membership Voucher (will arrive before Christmas)
Shout out on website & social media

£100 = Pre-Order Membership 2021 (VIP package)
Membership Voucher (will arrive before Christmas)
Shout out on website & social media
VIP entry to opening event
Share Salisbury T-shirt (we cannot guarantee this will arrive before Christmas)

£1,000 = Corporate Sponsorship
Official Share Salisbury sponsor for 1 year
Shout out on website & social media
Logo on our & link on website
VIP entry to opening event

If you have any questions before pledging, please get in touch with us via Go Fund Me or on our website and we will be happy to chat.

What Will The Money Be Used For?

At least 60% of money raised will be used to Purchasing high value, good quality second hand (if possible) or new items for the library. Some of the first items we will be looking to include in the Library of Things are;

- Carpet cleaners
- Pressure washers
- Steam cleaners
- Hedge trimmer
- Sanders
- Drills
- Gazebo
- Projector
- Ladder
- Tent
- Gazebo
- Sewing machine

As the Library grows, we will invest in things our members decide would be most useful to them.

40% of donations will be used to pay for the boring stuff needed to get set up such as insurance cover, website creation, rent, card payment machine, PAT testing, health & safety training, consumables, marketing and transportation costs. Yawn!

Stretch Targets

£5,000 – This is the minimum required to get the Library of Things started
£7,000 – If we raise more, we will increase our storage and buy a large container
£8,000 – Will get a DIY workbench for people to use when visiting the library
£9,000 – Will allow us to purchase an electric bike to deliver items to your door
£10,000 – If we raise this we will commission a local artist to paint a mural

How Else Can You Help?

If you have already donated (THANK YOU!) But if you are unable to donate right now, there are other ways you can help Salisbury get its very own Library of Things.

Spread the Word! –  If you like the idea tell your friends and family about this cause. Heck, even tell your neighbour, work colleague, postman or mortal enemy!

Share the Love – Every share on social media helps to raise an average of £20, so share this Campaign to your social media networks with a personalised message to be a proper sharing hero, don’t forget to tag us too! @sharesalisbury

How Will Share Salisbury Work?

The Library of Things will be available for the community to borrow either on a one off basis or at a reduced price with an affordable membership plan.

Pay As You Go = No monthly fee & no price reduction on borrows.
Low Income = £1 month gets 70% off borrow price.
Standard Membership = £4 month gets 50% off borrow price.
Big Borrower = £20 month, gets 70% off borrow price & other special benefits.

Share Salisbury will start out in a unit on Churchfields Industrial estate, Salisbury and will have a wide variety of items such as DIY tools, Heavy duty cleaning equipment, Hobby equipment, camping gear and useful household items. We will aim to grow the library around the needs of our members so once signed up you will have a say in the items that are added to the collection next!

What Are The Timescales?

December – Go Fund Me campaign launched
Mid January – Go Fund Me campaign end
January – Purchasing of stock, materials and insurances
Early 2021 – Share Salisbury, the new Library of Things opens to the public!

Why Go Fund Me?

We decided to use go fund me to raise the money as they do not charge a platform fee like other fundraising websites meaning that more of the money you donate will go straight towards setting up the Library of Things. If you would prefer to donate via cash or cheque, get in touch via Go Fund Me or on our website and we will arrange an alternative.

Want To Know More?

You can email us at [email redacted].uk or find us on Facebook or Instagram using @sharesalisbury and send us a message.

You can also sign up to our mailing list via our website .


Eva McHugh

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