The "Library of (DiDIY) Tools and Things" Movement: still missing in Europe?
A "Library of Tools and Things" is a space that "gives people access to a huge spectrum of items, from board games, party supplies and tennis rackets to saws, kitchen appliances, turntables, clothing and tents, without the burden of ownership." Particularly interesting, from our research point of view, are the Libraries of Things that provide access to (digital) DIY tools, from solders and oscilloscopes to "old-fashioned" electric lathes or drills. The reason, quoting from the comments to "Library of Things... changing how we think about stuff" is that
"tools are can have amazing positive impacts on the community--especially in mixed-income areas. We've seen affordable access to tools allow people to maintain/repair their homes, grow their own food, work with neighbors on restoration and improvement projects and even start new jobs and businesses. They are great for community resilience overall."
Even more interesting is what is shown in the screenshot above, from the live "Map of Tool Libraries and Libraries of Things" at Localtools.org: for some reason, Libraries of Tools and Things seem much less common in Europe than in North America.
Is this really the case? If so, what are the reasons? Please help us to find it out!