The first ever Lendery – operating like a library except that you are signing out anything but books – launched at Milliken Mills library July 10.

Local residents can sign out non-traditional items like tools, sports equipment and toys. Much like signing out a library book, borrowing these items is also free of charge.

Markham Public Library CEO, Catherine Biss was joined by Lindsay Milne, Manager, Sustainable Waste Management, York Region and Derrol Salmon, Co-Founder, York Region Makers, at the event. (All pictured above with local library staff, Ward 8 Councillor, Isa Lee and Mayor Frank Scarpitti)

The Regional Municipality of York is partnering with York Region Makers to make the Lendery a reality.

York Region Makers is a not-for-profit organization geared towards helping entrepreneurs, inventors, makers and artists to save money while reaching their goals. 

Milliken Mills Library is the first of several planned locations to launch the Lendery, with a total of 54 unique items currently available for loan. Additional items will continue to be added to the Lendery as they become available.

Other goals of the Lendery include:

  • reducing the waste consumption by being able to use these items when needed
  • minimizing the need for extra storage space in homes, by making such products easily accessible to everyone
  • allowing borrowers to acquire learn new skills
  • allowing shoppers to test out items that they need before deciding to purchase them

Click HERE for information on the York Region Lendery.