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Borrow Don't Buy - Plymouth's Library of Things

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.

Contacts details

Address:Thinqtanq, Fairbairn House
Higher Lane
Telephone number: 01752 393636
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Borrow Don't Buy (BDB) is like a regular library, but with things instead of books. We have over 600 items available to borrow in our inventory, over 2000 members, and have completed over 4000 loans to date,

Doing some DIY and need a drill? Having movie night and want a projector for the big screen experience? Fancy a spot of camping and need equipment? These are just a few things available to borrow from us.

Become a Borrower now to start saving money, space in your home and reducing your environmental impact.

And don't forget to check out our digital inclusion project Getting Everyone Online, we take donations of unwanted tech and refurbish it to give to those experiencing digital exclusion.

Four steps to borrowing

  1. Become a Borrower
    You can join Borrow Don't Buy by filling in our online form. It is free to sign up, and then you can choose the right membership for you. Join
  2. Browse and reserve items
    Our inventory is available to view online and once you are signed up and have chosen your membership you can reserve items. Browse
  3. Collect your items
    Come and collect from THINQTANQ, Fairbairn House, Higher Ln, PL1 2AN at your chosen time slot - press the BDB buzzer when you arrive. Find us
  4. Return your items
    After using the items, simply return them on or before their due date (during our opening hours) clean and ready for the next borrower. Borrower code


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We can help you to  save money, reduce clutter, reduce your carbon footprint, share knowledge and experience, promote the repair and reuse of equipment instead of throwing it away and inspire the people of Plymouth to create, innovate and engage in social change.

Based: Plymouth
  • Tuesdays - 9am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesdays - 9am - 6:30pm
  • Thursdays - 9am - 6:30pm
  • Fridays - 9am - 6:30pm


  • Everyone, over 18 years old

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