Share Shed started as a great idea for a Library of Things (LoT) posted on a community Facebook group in January 2017. Co-founders Nicole Bray and Sarah Pember were both inspired by what they saw, and after meeting in person, decided to make it happen together!
Since then, a committed group of amazing volunteers from all over SEQ have worked together to create, sustain and grow Queensland's first Library of Things, launching in September 2017.
We aim to provide a wide range of quality items that enhance our lives without needing to buy and store more stuff. We embrace the maxim of Do More Own Less and hope that our members find it easy to do just that as a result of our borrowing service.
We are proud to be part of the growing worldwide Library of Things and Tool Library movement. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to SHARE in Frome, UK and the Toronto Tool Library for generously sharing their experiences with us.
Frequently Asked Questions
I live in Logan/Ipswich/North Brisbane - can I still join Share Shed?
Sure! If you are willing to travel to us to borrow, you are welcome to join.
Does Share Shed stock new or used items?
Share Shed has both new and used items. Many of our items are donated by the local community. If we can't source an item members want second hand, we will sometimes invest in buying good quality, long lasting new items. We also apply for grant funding for more expensive items.
I am a member - can other people use items I borrow?
Our items may only be used by the member who checked out the item, or used by others with the member’s supervision. Liability for the care of the item and any replacement costs in the event of damage always remains with the member who borrowed the item.
Example 1: Can I borrow tables and chairs for a party with my family and friends?
Yes, that’s fine.
Example 2: Can I borrow a hiking tent for my friend’s son to take to camp?
No, his parents will need their own membership.
If you are an organisation member, you can borrow items to use for public events. However, the responsibility for the care of the item remains with the organisation.
What kind of insurance do you have?
We hold public liability insurance, contents insurance and volunteer insurance. Our trailer is also insured. New members sign a waiver releasing Share Shed of any liability for injury or damage caused by their use of the item.
Are there any costs to borrow items once I am a member?
It depends on what you want to borrow. Some items may have a small additional borrowing fee due to their high replacement value or if they are in high demand, but most items are free. If you want to borrow more than 5 items at a time, you can. Extra items are $5 each. Some items need consumable materials ie. sandpaper for the sander. Members are responsible for purchasing consumables for all items borrowed.
How long can I have the items for?
7 days. If you need them for another 7 days and no-one else has reserved them, just renew your items before they are due again. If items are needed for longer than 2 weeks, or you don't renew them before their original return date, late fees will apply. If in doubt, just check with your friendly librarians before you leave.
All items are automatically extended when we are closed on a public holiday or over Christmas break.
What happens if I return my items late?
Late fees are $2 per item per day we are open, capped at the full replacement value of the item, plus a $5 administration fee (should we need to replace the item).
What about item loss, damage or wear and tear?
All items are to be returned clean and in the same condition as they were issued, barring normal wear and tear.
If an item is damaged, broken or lost while checked out to you, take a deep breath and just let us know. We aren't scary and we know accidents happen. The sooner we understand what has happened, the sooner the problem can be resolved. Our fixers are very clever and usually small things can be resolved for a very small cost. Keep in mind that members will be responsible for the replacement cost of items that are returned in unusable condition or are lost.
I have items to donate. When can I drop them off?
We appreciate the generous nature of our supporters, but we can't always accept your donations. You can read our checklist on the type of items we accept and then send an email with a photo or description.
Can you open a Share Shed in my town/suburb next please?
We'd love to see a Share Shed in every town and suburb in Australia, but it takes a team and a lot of commitment. If you are keen to open a Share Shed in your town, please get in touch via email.