Be a part of our community


So you are interested in joining Borrow Don’t Buy? YOU ARE A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

Have a look at the different memberships. You can join for as little as £0 or be one of our Expert Borrowers.

If you have any questions, drop us an e-mail here and we’ll talk you through the process!

With any type of Membership you’ll get…

— Special giveaways like stickers, inhouse 3D printed keyrings and newsletters with upcoming events

— The knowledge that we are making Plymouth more AWESOME and increasing the size of our sharing-learning community!


* What is a MESH event?


MESH is BDB’s parent organization!

MESH stands for Make – Explore – Socialise – Hack
We’re a ‘Communiversity’ that uses the knowledge and skills of real people to provide you with the opportunity to improve and learn new digital skills.
We also work in partnership with our sister community Digital Plymouth to help recognise and celebrate the thriving digital community based in Plymouth and the South West. Check our website exploremesh and our list of events on eventbrite


** What is the Personal Development Budget?

We want you to have access to the stuff you need for your projects, but we also want to share new skills with you. This is why we have partner with MESH (our parent organisation) to facilitate workshops and training session on different areas. A Personal Development Budget is a “credit” you will get with your membership to be used towards MESH’s workshops. This credit is valid within the month and it is not accumulative. But don’t worry, MESH organises workshops monthly (check out their coming events on eventbrite


Do I have to pay to borrow items on top of the membership fee? How much do they cost?


It’s close to nothing, but unfortunately there is a price to borrow the items..we promise to always keep it as low as possible! The price range of borrowing items goes from 0.50p to £10 for a 7 days period. You can check every items’ price on our catalogue!

For example, if you want to borrow a Hammer and you are: a Casual Borrower, it will cost you £1 for a week. If you are an Regular Borrower it will cost you 0.75p, if you are a Frequent Borrower 0.50p or only 0.40p if you are Expert Borrower!



How can I pay for the items I want to borrow?

Well, it’s super easy, you can just pay by card! The only small issue that we have, is that we currently use Stripe to process our card payments and the minimum payment that they accept is £0.50. If you are borrowing an item that is less than £0.50 you’ll have to pay for it in cash (yes! good time to get rid of those coins) when you come to pick it up.

What do we do with your details?


Absolutely nothing! They are stored in a secure site and your details are not sold, distributed or passed on to any other entity. We will analyse our data to make sure we are providing you with the best borrowing experience possible, that’s all.



If you are one of our AMAZING 150 supporters who bought their membership through our crowdfunding campaign, just click on the button on the right, create your account and we will activate your membership.