An exciting new project at Upper Norwood Library Hub has received funding  from the Mayor Of London ‘s Fund to help make it a reality.

“Crystal Palace Library of Things”, a project in partnership with Crystal Palace Transition Town, will be a lending library where the public can borrow DIY Tools, gardening equipment, camping gear and much more at low prices.

At City Hall, Library Hub Directors Margaret Adjaye and Emily Jewell pitched their project to the funders alongside Joe Duggan, co-chair of the transition town.

“This will be the first Library of Things in a Library in the UK” said Margaret, and is re-inventing the library for the 21st Century, paving the way for our community to  access books, things, advice, training, learning, support, services they need all under one roof.”

On the night, the project received a £3000 pledge from the Mayor’s Fund,  £500 from Barclays Lifeskills, and pledges of £500 each from the B & Q branch in Sydenham, and Martin & Co Estate Agents in Crystal Palace. Italso received in-kind support from the Library of Things in West Norwood.

“We massively appreciate the community support that has got us this far,” said Joe , who has led on the social media campaign.

“It has the most backers of any project in London! And now it’s great to see such generous pledges from these great local businesses. ”

The project’s success means it is now much closer to meeting it’s target, and the public can still check it’s progress and pledge their support from £2 upwards on this link

Crystal Palace Transition Town

Upper Norwood Library Hub