ABOUT US

We support and represent a growing network of sharing libraries and repair projects across Scotland.

The Share and Repair Network is a nationwide network of sharing libraries and repair projects across Scotland.

Established and run by Circular Communities Scotland in collaboration with Edinburgh Tool Library and The Edinburgh Remakery, the network aims to support existing, and to encourage the establishment of new sharing libraries and repair projects across the country.

The Share and Repair Network is funded by the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland, and works to reduce consumption and cut waste in communities all over Scotland, contributing to Scottish Government’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045.

Share & Repair and Net Zero

OUR VISION is for every community in Scotland to benefit from access to sharing libraries and repair projects.

OUR MISSION is to support and represent sharing libraries and repair projects across Scotland.

OUR VALUES

  • Trust and Integrity
  • Openness and Community
  • Environmental and Social Justice

“Scotland – and the world – urgently needs to address its consumption problem. The current demand on the planet’s finite, precious materials is unsustainable.

“The circular economy is one of the best tools we have in our arsenal. We can reduce our consumption by keeping existing materials in circulation and only buying new when absolutely necessary.

“Sharing libraries and repair cafes are not only great ways of implementing a more circular way of living, but an opportunity to get to know people and businesses doing amazing work in your community. We hope to see as many of these local initiatives come to fruition as soon as possible.”

Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland

“Edinburgh Tool Library is delighted to be involved in supporting the establishment of more sharing libraries across Scotland. We have spoken to numerous organisations and individuals across the country, and the need for a structured network to support them has always been evident.”

“We are really looking forward to working alongside Circular Communities Scotland and the Edinburgh Remakery to share our experiences and support new and established groups to make sharing and repair of everyday items the norm.”

“Using sharing libraries is a straightforward way for us all to reduce our carbon footprint, whilst at the same time, saving money. We want to see a Scotland built on access, not excess.”

Chris Hellawell, Founder & Director of Edinburgh Tool Library

“The Edinburgh Remakery is delighted to be part of this exciting venture to bring repair skills and facilities to communities across Scotland.

“Learning to repair, reuse and value our belongings is essential to reduce waste and pollution, and in tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions. The environmental benefits of repairing items instead of throwing them away are numerous, as are the social benefits to those learning valuable, practical skills which will aid them throughout their entire lives.

“We look forward to being part of this exciting initiative to help sustainable, circular economy practices flourish in our Scottish communities.”

Elaine Brown, CEO of Edinburgh Remakery

“For Scotland to combat climate change, we each need to change our own consumption behaviours. Sharing libraries and repair cafés provide simple and effective solutions to do this whilst reducing our carbon footprint.

“Rather than throwing an old item away we can repair it at a repair café, or even better, be taught the repair skills to fix it ourselves. Similarly, rather than buy a new product we can borrow one from a local sharing library. Everything from tools, clothes, toys, and equipment can be borrowed instead of being bought new, saving people money, whilst saving the planet.

“We are looking forward to overseeing and forming the new network and significantly growing the number of these projects in Scotland.”

Michael Cook, Circular Communities Scotland

“Scotland’s Climate Assembly called for action and I’m very pleased to announce that we will support the establishment of a network of resource libraries and repair cafes.

“Sharing libraries provide a direct reduction in consumption and emissions because they allow people to switch from purchasing and owning items to borrowing them instead. Repair cafes give people the skills to re-use their own items.

“This network also supports our drive to tackle poverty by giving lower income groups access to tools or equipment not otherwise available and the skills to use them, as well as reducing waste and emissions.”

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero