Library of Things (LoT)

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.

Start: 01-09-2019, End: 31-08-2021

Project partners from AT – BE – SI – SK:

Programme: Erasmus+

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Project Reference: 2019-1-AT01-KA204-051491

Keywording on the E+Platform: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses Environment and climate change Access for disadvantaged

Results: The result of the project will be a curriculum (framework) for libraries of things that want to organise Workshops at the intersection of education and sustainability. These Workshops aim to make the libraries more accessible to all, bring joint work activities and information related to sustainable life closer to the people.

Recommendations:
  • Coming soon/ in print: “Library of things”, article in: EPALE und Erasmus+ Erwachsenenbildung 2020

For further information please contact claudia.hufnagl@vhs.at