There Could Be Libraries For Everything


Trinity College, Dublin

TreeHugger loves Product Service Systems, where you borrow and share instead of own. They are also called libraries, and Kris De Decker of No-Tech Magazine points us to a lovely post by Brian Kaller, a former newspaper reporter now living in rural Ireland. He loves his local library, but more importantly, writes about the principle behind it:

Even more useful than the books or activities, though, is the principle behind libraries, that we and our neighbours can pool our resources and hold things in common that all of us occasionally need. Most of the Western World, however, adopted this principle for books and then stopped, never extending it to other obvious areas of life.

In fact, the trend of the last few decades has been the opposite - people bought more and more of their own private stocks of anything, no matter how expensive or little-used: a row of ten family homes might have ten rakes, ten chainsaws, ten barbecue pits and ten Dora the Explorer videos, each of which is used for only a few hours a year.

He goes on well beyond that, into seeds, kitchen appliances and even medical supplies, perhaps a bit further than most would wish to go. But it is interesting reading at Restoring Mayberry

We have covered some of this ground in TreeHugger:

Tool lending library image

Tool Lending Libraries: A Product Service System Success Story!
Why Buy When You Can Rent? 5 Product Service Systems I Wish Were More Common
The Three Ss For 2010: Small, Simple and Shared

Related Content on