A library filled with odds and ends

Benish Chaudhry with some of the items people can borrow. (Joe Mastroianni). 291439_02

You won’t find shelves stocked with books at Point Cook’s new Library of Things, instead you can pick up items like a step ladder, a glue gun, and a wheelchair.

“It’s exactly the same concept as a regular library except that they are … useful household items that you can lend for a period of two weeks, and just return it,” library founder Benish Chaudhry said.

“We thought it would be a good idea … a lot of people are doing it a bit tough financially, so we thought we should establish it.”

Ms Chaudhry is hopeful the initiative will help people to reduce waste.

“Like Christmas lights, you don’t need Christmas lights all the time, similarly, lawn mowers and gardening equipment,” she said.

“You don’t have to buy things every time you need something, you can just borrow it.”

The Point Cook Library of Things is at the Jamieson Way Community Centre, and membership fees are $50 for a year, $30 for six months and $20 for a one-off borrow.

Fatima Halloum