"You should have access to the stuff you need without costing the earth."



What is Borrow Don’t Buy?

Borrow Don’t Buy is a library of things in Plymouth. We’re like a normal library, but with things instead of books! What kind of things? All the sorts of things you need.

Perhaps you’re doing some DIY and need a drill? Maybe you’re having friends over and you’d like a projector to watch a film on? Or you’ve got errands to run and could do with an electric bike to get around town? These are the sorts of things you can find at Borrow Don’t Buy!

Why buy an electric drill when you’ll only ever use it once? Join Borrow Don’t Buy and you could pay just a few pounds to have that drill for just the time you need it.

And it’s not just drills. There’s a good chance we just have what you need.

What do we want?

We want to help you with the following.

Save Money

Reduce Clutter

Reduce your Carbon Footprint

Share Knowledge and experience

Promote the repair and reuse of equipment instead of throwing it away

Inspire the people of Plymouth to create, innovate and engage in social change

Why do we do that?

Because we LOVE Plymouth and we want to build the best city we can!  Sounds amazing, right?  If you are interested in becoming a member of Borrow Don’t Buy or Volunteering/helping out, drop us a line and we’ll get back to you.  Let’s make it happen!




How to become a member of Borrow Don’t Buy you ask? We have four different types of memberships. You can join for as little as £0 or pay as you feel. We also have other monthly paid memberships that increase your borrowing benefits! Have a look and pick the one that suits you best.


We are a community project run by volunteers and we love it!  Find out here the different ways you can collaborate with us (items, money, time, cup of tea or just high-fives)


Got things which need some TLC, are perhaps a bit broken and you haven’t had the time or skills to fix them yourself? Don’t throw them away, bring them to our Repair Café and have a go at fixing them!

How-To’s & FAQ

Do you still have questions that need some answering? We have covered our most heard questions about BDB and how to join it. Have a look and if you still have any questions, just get in contact with us.

We are in


Fairbairn House

Higher Ln, PL1 2AN

Opening times:

Tuesdays 10am-8pm

Thursdays 10am-6pm




Or send us an e-mail to hello@borrowdontbuy.co.uk

Our Supporters

Founding Members

(+150 supporters during our crowdfunding campaign!)

YOU could be on this list too! Get in contact with us and be part of the solution 🙂