Managing waste wisely

Love your local library

Joining the circular economy can be as simple as going to the library.

It’s about making sure the items you use fulfil their potential, and that the materials and energy that goes into making them isn’t wasted. By sharing items with others through libraries (or Buy Nothing groups, rental businesses, or simply borrowing from friends), we can get more use out of things that already exist. And borrowing instead of buying means fewer resources are extracted from the environment.

These days, libraries aren’t just for books. You can find a world of items from ball gowns to camping gear and everything in between.

Public libraries

It’s free to join your local public library, and you’ll have access to a wide range of books, audiobooks, e-books, magazines and DVDs. Visit your council’s website to find your nearest.


Toy libraries

Kids move on quickly. Join your local toy library to find toys, games and costumes to keep them entertained while reducing waste to landfill (not to mention clutter in your home).


Other libraries

  • The Tools ‘n’ Things Library in Leederville has a wide range of electrical equipment, party supplies, camping and outdoor gear, tools, appliances and more, available to loan as often as you like for an annual membership fee. Learn more about Libraries of Things and find one near you.
  • Borrow a kit with everything you need for a party (plates, cups, cutlery, tablecloths and more) from the Party Kit Network – just search for a party kit near you.
  • For a reusable alternative to balloons and streamers for your next event, the Borrow & Share Bunting Library has you covered.
  • Cambridge Library in Floreat is home to ‘Frock Up’, a library of formal dresses and accessories available to borrow for free. For more information or to book a time to try on some of the dresses, call the library on 9383 8999 or send an email enquiry.

Have we missed any great community libraries in the western suburbs? Let us know so we can add them to the list!

Find out other ways to source the items you need without buying them new.

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