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Borrow (don’t buy!)… from The Sydney Library of Things in Waverton


Need a gazebo, generator or a garden leaf blower? In search of a puppy crate, popcorn machine or paper shredder? Why buy when you can borrow from The Sydney Library of Things? Based at The Coal Loader in Waverton, The Sydney Library of Things features an extensive collection of tools, games, sports gear, electrical goods and party supplies that members can borrow for free.

Now more than ever, we need a library of things. The cost of living is rising, and buying things that you only use once or twice just doesn’t make sense. Nor is it great for our environment either. How can you try new things or grab some much-needed equipment without spending much money? The answer is The Sydney Library of Things.

How many times have you purchased an item, used it once or twice, and then it has sat in your garage for years before finally being chucked out for hard rubbish (and in landfill)?

The Library of Things is located at The Coal Loader in Waverton

We’re thrilled to hear that The Sydney Library of Things has recently opened in Waverton, and it’s full of useful, fun, and unique items that members can borrow for free. It’s located at the Coal Loader in Waverton, which also happens to be a great place to visit with kids.

And it’s so easy to use! Simply reserve your items online, and then pick them up on a Saturday morning.  You can borrow the item for two weeks (and this can be extended if the item has not been reserved).

You can join The Sydney Library of Things for as little as $30 (quarterly membership) and borrow up to five items per week without further fees!

50 items that you can borrow The Sydney Library of Things

  1. Air Inflater (for balloons)
  2. Air mattress
  3. Angle grinder
  4. Axe
  5. Badmington Raquets
  6. Bread Maker
  7. Bunting
  8. Chain saw
  9. Circular saw
  10. Cricket set
  11. Crutches
  12. Decorative Flamingos
  13. Deer Christmas Decoration
  14. Drill
  15. DVD player
  16. Extension cords
  17. Finska Game
  18. Fog Machine (for a disco themed party)
  19. Food dehydrator
  20. Food processor
  21. Frozen Party Decoration Pack
  22. Garden leaf blower
  23. Gazebo 3m x 3m
  24. Generator
  25. Giant Cupcake Cake Tin
  26. Glue Gun
  27. Golf caddy
  28. Hand trolley
  29. Hedger
  30. High Tea Stand
  31. High-Pressure Water Washer
  32. Hot Water Urn
  33. Ice Cream Maker
  34. Inflatable Row Boat
  35. Jigsaw puzzles
  36. Juice blender
  37. Ladder
  38. Lawn mower
  39. Metal Detector
  40. Outdoor Heater
  41. Paper shredder
  42. Paper trimmer
  43. Popcorn Machine
  44. Pressure cooker
  45. Projector (for an outdoor film night)
  46. Puppy crate
  47. Room dehumidifier
  48. Tarpaulins
  49. Tent – 2 person
  50. Trestle Tables


Want to donate?

If you’ve got useful, good quality household items that you’d rather donate than collect dust or go to landfill, The Sydney Library of Things welcomes donations! Items need to be clean and in good usable condition. Find out more about donating.

How to join the Sydney Library of Things

Anyone over 18 years old is welcome to join the Sydney Library of Things.

Membership Cost

  • Annual: $85 ($60 concession)
  • 6 months: $50 ($36 concession)
  • 3 months: $30 quarterly ($22 concession)

You only pay for your membership, not for borrowing items. The fees go to maintaining the library, tools, insurance and building the collection.

Members can borrow up to 5 items, for a loan period of 2 weeks. Items can be renewed for a further two weeks if they haven’t been reserved by others.

The Sydney Library of Things (TSLoT) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit community project with access to a wide variety of useful items for borrowing. You can check the inventory online without creating an account.

Open every Saturday from 9am – 12pm at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Waverton, North Sydney

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