Your local library of things!
The aim of a library of things is to allow people to:
borrow things they need but don't own, at low cost, saving money and space in
donate things they own but don't need, contributing to national waste reduction
meet to share knowledge and skills with each other, increasing community
We are launching
Libraries of Things in four locations in 2022 thanks to funding from the
Local community groups working in partnership with
Monmouthshire County Council will be opening Benthyg branches
in Abergavenny, Chepstow, Caldicot and Monmouth.
The Monmouth branch is now open!
How do I borrow?
To borrow from our Library of Things you will need to create an online member account by selecting
'Register' at the top of this page or pop in to see us and we can get you set up.
You need to be age 18
or over, have an email address and agree to our terms and conditions. The first time you borrow an item, you will need to bring in a photo ID and proof of address such as
a driving licence or passport and utility bill.
As we have 4 locations with varying inventories, please use the location filter at the top of the page and check the item's location when reserving as we are currently unable to transfer between locations.
Do I have to pay to join?
no charge to join.
Do I have to pay to borrow?
there is a small fee for individual borrowing detailed on all
items in the catalogue. You can pay this fee with money or by debit/credit card. In future, we hope to offer the choice to pay using time credits, volunteering
time or skill sharing.
Let us know if you need to borrow items from the library for a community project, such as pruning a local orchard, creating a community garden, or organising a local fete or event. We want to support the community by offering free borrowing to community groups that are doing good things in Monmouthshire!
do I donate an item?
are currently on the lookout for donations across all categories. If
you've got something you think someone might want to borrow, please drop an
email to your local branch.
Who is running this project?
County Council has worked in partnership with communities and organisations in
Monmouthshire to establish Benthyg Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth. These branches collaborate together and come under the umbrella of Benthyg
Monmouthshire, which is part of the Benthyg Cymru network.
Cymru has one simple goal; to make borrowing as easy as popping out for a loaf
project is funded by Welsh Government.
What does Benthyg mean?
(pronounced ben-thig) is a Welsh word meaning borrow or lend.