Library of Things (LoTs) describe non-traditional collections where people can access a pool of different items from tools, electronic devices to travel accessories, according to the motto "borrow instead of buy". These LoTs are all different in their offerings and strategies, but they are all equal because they are part of the sharing economy. Many of them are supported by public events and educational programs.
The project "Library of Things" initially aims to spread the idea of LoTs in the partner countries and beyond. Since LoTs are working together for the first time in a European project, we focus on the exchange of information, the presentation of EU funds to support the idea of Sharing Economy and the recruitment of new target groups. Secondly, we try to attract new target groups to our libraries by forming mixed groups of participants for workshops in all the countries involved. We see the opportunities to bring together different parts of a society of valuable means to support the idea of solidarity, but also to empower people about sharing economy and offer them shared experiences compounding for a conscious life.
“Library of things. Nachhaltigen Konsum gemeinschaftlich (er)lernen”, in: Der Beitrag der Erwachsenenbildung zur Förderung von Umweltbewusstsein und Nachhaltigkeit, EPALE und Erasmus+ Erwachsenenbildung 2020, p. 42-45. Click on the languages to read the article online in Deutsch, English or Latviešu.
Project Deliverables - training materials from our four workshops
Our workshops aimed to make Libraries of Things more accessible to all, bring joint work activities and information related to sustainable life closer to the people.