The whole concept of shared use has been spreading nicely in Ljubljana and Knjižnica reči (the Library of things) is the newest addition to the existing network of different sharing initiatives. The main idea of the “library” is that you can borrow anything here but books.
Every now and then you have to use some specific tools or equipment that you need just a few times a year. Why should you spend too much money on something that will serve as a dust collector most of the time, when you can use the same drilling machine as the whole neighbourhood? This idea brought to life the new library and is one of the results of a bigger project – integrated urban renewal of Savsko naselje.
But the best thing is that you don’t have to live in the neighbourhood to become a member of the library. Everyone can become a member of it for some symbolic membership fee or even better – you can “pay” your membership in the form of some working equipment that you don’t need anymore.