Any member of Essex County Council Libraries aged 18 years old or older.
There’s a list of available items on the Love Essex page.
Chelmsford Library, Clacton Library, Great Parndon Library (Staple Tye in Harlow), Witham Library, Laindon Library and the mobile libraries. Certain larger items cannot be borrowed from a mobile library.
One week for the static libraries, three weeks for the mobile libraries. As with books, you can renew items from static libraries up to six times provided they are not reserved. Items borrowed from mobile libraries are not renewable.
There is no charge for borrowing or reserving items during the pilot phase. We will review whether to introduce charges if the Essex Library of Things continues beyond the pilot stage.
28 February 2022.
Use the list of available items on the Love Essex page and select the item you require, then click through to the catalogue to make your reservation. Customers are notified in the usual way when items are ready to collect.
You will need a permanent library card to reserve items. If you have joined online, please go to any Essex library (taking your registration number, and some identification with your name and address on it, such as a driving licence, bank statement or recent utility bill) where you will be given your library card.
The list of available items and library catalogue can also be accessed via smartphone or tablet.
All library members can book a computer to use at any Essex library and can ask library staff for support.
We estimate this will be up to a week, however this timescale cannot be guaranteed. You will need to receive a notification before you can request the item at your chosen library.
This is because, after an item is returned from the previous borrower, if electric, it needs to be PAT tested before it can be loaned again.
If you need an item for a specific date, shortly after your reservation, you may have to make alternative plans.
Only Chelmsford Library, Clacton Library, Great Parndon Library (Staple Tye in Harlow), Witham Library, Laindon Library and the mobile libraries have so far been assessed as being capable of acting as collection points for the Essex Library of Things. We hope to add more locations as the project develops.
For technical reasons, the library management system allows any location to be specified as a collection point. However, customers should only select one of the designated collection points for the Essex Library of Things. These are currently Chelmsford Library, Clacton Library, Great Parndon Library (Staple Tye in Harlow), Witham Library, Laindon Library and the mobile libraries. It is not possible to collect from, or return to, any other locations.
Please check that your contact details are up to date on your record. The item may be in use by another customer or may be in transit or quarantine. Electrical items also have to be PAT tested. Library staff will be able to advise you of your position in the queue.
Yes; the total number of items borrowed (including books, DVDs, Library of Things items) cannot exceed 25 at any one time.
Unfortunately, library staff cannot help with moving items. The catalogue shows how much each item weighs; please make sure you can carry it or bring someone with you to help. You may be asked to go into the library stock room (escorted by staff) to collect your item.
You need to show either your library card or library app. For items that are marked as "only suitable for over 18", ID is required for collection.
If you cannot collect your item, you can delegate another adult over 18 to collect on your behalf. By booking this item you have agreed to the Essex Library of Things equipment hire agreement. The person collecting the item on your behalf will need to have your library card.
Customers have up to 10 days to collect reserved items. There will normally be only one notification.
Yes, you can. Please check opening days and times for your nearest library drop-off point (Chelmsford Library, Clacton Library, Great Parndon Library (Staple Tye in Harlow), Witham Library, Laindon Library or the mobile libraries).
Yes, you can, but the return library must also be one of the designated collection points (Chelmsford Library, Clacton Library, Great Parndon Library (Staple Tye in Harlow), Witham Library, Laindon Library and the mobile libraries). If you have collected an item from a participating static library, please return it to a participating static library, so that it can be quickly available for the next customer.
We hope to add more locations as the project develops. We are currently assessing whether other libraries have the capacity to serve as collection points.
By proceeding to reserve an item from the Library of Things, you agree to the Equipment Hire Agreement of the Library of Things and agree to return items at or before the time that their loan period (including any renewals) has expired. Should this not happen, the Library Service reserves the right to recover the item and levy any costs connected with its recovery. We also reserve the right to prevent you making further use of the Library Service to borrow items (including books, DVDs etc.)
Every item will be accompanied by instructions if these exist. Instructions will also be available to view on the online catalogue. Library staff will not be able to provide training. Please make sure you have familiarised yourself with how an item works before using it and are fully aware of the risks connected with using tools.
Protective equipment will not be provided. Please ensure you have suitable protective equipment for the items you borrow.
It will be the customer’s responsibility to supply the batteries needed for the item they are borrowing. These will have to be removed before the item is returned to the library. As part of the Essex Library of Things Equipment Hire Agreement, we ask you to clean items before returning them.
For items made of multiple parts, there will be a checklist which will be checked by staff each time the item is returned. This is to ensure that no parts are missing.
Please return the item as soon as possible (and within five working days from borrowing) to your chosen library from the above list. Please refer to the Essex Library of Things Equipment Hire Agreement.
Complete this form to suggest or request new items to be added to the Essex Library of Things.
We are not currently accepting donations.
We are grateful that residents would like to contribute to this new project, however we are currently only able to stock brand-new items in their original package. This is to ensure health and safety standards and reduce the risk of breakages.
If you have items you don’t need anymore, please see sharing and reuse options at loveessex.org
The Essex Library of Things is part of BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy, funded by the European Regional Development Fund together with municipal and academic project partners. No book fund money has been used.
For the initial phase of the project, items are free to borrow and to reserve. We will review whether to introduce charges if the Essex Library of Things continues beyond the pilot stage.
Please contact Essex Library Service and they will be happy to help.