"YOU CAN HAVE ACCESS TO THE THINGS YOU NEED WITHOUT IT COSTING THE EARTH."
What is Borrow Don’t Buy?
Borrow Don’t Buy is Plymouth’s very own Library of Things (LoT). We are a community interest company with the mission of giving you affordable access to the things you need – whilst simultaneously benefitting the Earth.
We’re like a normal library, but with things instead of books! What sort of things? All the things you need…
Perhaps you’re doing some DIY and need a drill? Having friends over and want a projector to watch a film on? Fancy a spot of camping and need equipment? These are just a few of the things you can find at Borrow Don’t Buy!
Why buy a drill when you’ll only ever use it once? Sign up to become a Borrower, and for just a few pounds, borrow what you need, when you need!
With nearly 500 items in our ever-growing Inventory there’s a good chance we have something you could do with!
What do we want?
To help you with the following…
Reduce your Carbon Footprint
Share Knowledge and experience
Promote the repair and reuse of equipment instead of throwing it away
Inspire the people of Plymouth to create, innovate and engage in social change
Why do we want that?
Because we LOVE Plymouth and we want to help build the best city we can! Sounds amazing, right? If you are interested in becoming a borrower or volunteering/helping out, get in touch. Let’s make it happen!
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WHERE TO FIND US
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During 2020, the pandemic drastically highlighted the extreme digital poverty in Plymouth. Whilst BDB was temporarily closed, we partnered with Nudge Community Builders to bring upcycled tech to people who really need it. Local people donated unwanted devices which were refurbished, and then distributed to those most in need. This is now an on-going project helping to close the digital divide in Plymouth and continuing to make use of valuable resources already in circulation!