Borrower's Agreement.

Members agree to the following terms when they borrow from Ilkley Thingery. 

  1. To borrow items from Ilkley Thingery, you must be registered as a Member of Ilkley Thingery. Members must be aged 18 or over.
  1. Prior to borrowing items, all Members must (a) show proof of their address and identity to a volunteer or member of staff at the Thingery, (b) have their residence confirmed by an Ilkley Thingery volunteer or member of staff, and (c) accept the Borrowing Agreement, Waiver and Indemnity.  
  1. Members cannot lend out items they have checked out from Ilkley Thingery unless they get permission from Ilkley Thingery to do so.
  1. Members will be asked to make a payment to borrow an item, in line with the stated rate for borrowing that item.
  1. All items borrowed are to be returned to Ilkley Thingery on their due Return Date. The return date will be agreed by the borrower and the Ilkley Thingery.
  1. Members may renew an item they have borrowed if the item has not already been reserved by another Member. Ilkley Thingery reserves the right to refuse or limit renewals.
  1. Ilkley Thingery reserves the right to refuse the loan of any item at its discretion.
  1. Ilkley Thingery staff and volunteers can help to explain how things work. However, when you borrow an item from the Ilkley Thingery you are taking responsibility for use of that item, you are agreeing that you are capable of using the item in a safe and proper manner, and that you will use the item in a safe and proper manner.
  1. Ilkley Thingery will only be liable to you for loss or damage caused by our negligence in failing to tell you about a known fault. Ilkley Thingery will not be liable for faults of which we are not aware. Please see the liability waiver below. Other than this Ilkley Thingery excludes all liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or breach of contract.
    NOTE: As we are not a Hire Company, the risk to you in borrowing from us is greater than if you were to buy or hire an item from a commercial concern.
  1. The Member agrees that Ilkley Thingery is not responsible for any manufacturing defects in quality of workmanship or materials inherent in any borrowed items. Each time you take an item out you must check it visually before you take it, and make other checks for any faults that you may be able to identify before using it. The member agrees that if any borrowed item becomes unsafe or in a state of disrepair whilst in the member’s possession, he or she must discontinue use of the item immediately, and notify Ilkley Thingery of any faults or damage upon return of that item to Ilkley Thingery.
  1. If you are borrowing electrical equipment you must check the visible wires and plug for any damage before using it. If you are using the item outside, moving it about, or using it in circumstances where it may encounter water, anything sharp or other electrical wiring, you must use a circuit breaker.
  1. Some of our items are on temporary loan to us from Ilkley residents. If you reserve an item to borrow that is on temporary loan to the Ilkley Thingery, you may have your reservation cancelled if the person lending it to us removes the item from our library.
  1. The borrower must take reasonable care of the item. All items are to be returned in the same (or better) condition than they were issued were issued in, barring normal wear and tear. The Ilkley Thingery may charge the member £5 to cover the cost of cleaning, if an item is not returned in a clean state. The Member agrees to a) pay for the loss of or damage to any item they have borrowed if the loss or damage is the result of carelessness or negligence, b) accept Ilkley Thingery’s assessment of the condition of items, c) accept Ilkley Thingery’s assessment of fair restitution for dirtiness, intentional damage, carelessness, and or loss of items in part or in total. This restitution amount will be no more than the full replacement cost of the item..
  1. if an item is damaged when you are using it you must report it when returning it, even if it appears to be functioning normally. If you are found to have knowingly not reported such damage you may be refused service in future or fined.
  1. Some things require consumable parts (e.g. sanders have sanding pads, jigsaws have blades, etc). Please note they are not guaranteed to come with the tool. You may have to buy your own blades, sanding pads, etc. If they are provided, you should bear in mind that these consumable parts come at a cost, and should you use them, you should either replace them, or cover their cost. 
  1. If a thing is returned late, you may be charged a late fee. This reflects the disruption that late returns can cause to the Thingery, and to other members with reservations for the item. Other people are relying on you to return the tools, so please be considerate. This late fee will be £3 per day per thing for every day until the item is returned. Late fees are capped at the full replacement cost of the thing borrowed. Late fees must be paid in full before borrowing further items. Ilkley Thingery may replace severely late things in our library and hold the Member responsible for the full replacement cost. Fines must be paid in full before borrowing further items.
  1. The Member agrees to supplying us with a supported method of payment so that we can charge them for membership fees, borrowing items and other pre-agreed transactions. We do not store payment details on our systems. They are securely stored on the systems of our payment processor, Stripe. Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry.


  • Return tools clean, on the day they are due back, to the place you picked them up from, during opening hours. Use common sense when using the tools, and tell us about any problems.

I have read and fully understand the Borrowing Agreement of Ilkley Thingery, and I understand that failure to comply with any part of this may result in cancellation of my borrowing privileges and/or legal action against me. I relinquish any and all claims against Ilkley Thingery.

Waiver and Indemnity

Our Statement:

The Equipment in our collection is for the use of Ilkley Thingery Members. Out of respect for future users, please take care of the Equipment you borrow and report any damage to Ilkley Thingery immediately.  Borrowers are responsible for damage to items they have borrowed  that results from carelessness, intentional actions or negligence; we will not charge you for damage that occurs through no fault of your own. If you feel compelled to return items in better condition than when you borrowed them, that would be highly appreciated.

Your Statements:


  • I am capable of using the Equipment I am borrowing, and I will use the Equipment I am borrowing in a proper manner. I am aware that Ilkley Thingery, its partners, directors, officers, members, volunteers and employees claim no expertise and make no representation concerning the fitness of any Equipment for any particular use (NB. all electrical items are PAT tested between each borrow).
  • I do hereby for myself, on behalf of my successors and assigns, waive any and all claims against Ilkley Thingery, its officers, agents, employees and volunteers for any injury or injuries of any nature that I may suffer or incur in the use of the Equipment that I am borrowing from Ilkley Thingery except those caused by a defect known to Ilkley Thingery and not made known to me.
  • I agree to release and indemnify and hold harmless Ilkley Thingery, its officers, agents, employees and volunteers from any and all liability, loss, claims, demands, actions or causes of action for the death or injury to any persons, and for any property damage suffered or incurred by any person which arises or may arise or be occasioned in any way from the use of Equipment that I am borrowing from Ilkley Thingery.

I have read and fully understand the rules and regulations of Ilkley Thingery, and I understand that failure to comply with any of these conditions may result in the revocation of my borrowing privileges and/or legal action against me.