About Us

Ilkley Thingery came into being as the result of a vision held by several members of Climate Action Ilkley, and a grant from Beyondly. Climate Action Ilkley is a non-profit organisation that's dedicated to promoting sharing resources, environmental sustainability and community building in Ilkley and surrounding areas.

Ilkley Thingery is a non-profit project that we hope will be used by, run by, and developed by people within our community so that it becomes an central part of our community. 


Our goal is to create a sharing community where everyone has access to the resources they need to lead a sustainable and fulfilling life. By sharing resources, we can reduce waste, save money, reduce our impact on the planet and promote environmental awareness.


To build a thriving community where resource sharing is the norm, where access to a wide range of items and experiences is available to ALL. We aim to help build a sustainable future by promoting environmentally aware behaviours, fostering social connections, and providing more ways for people to  access to things they need and explore their passions and hobbies. 

How It Works

Through our Library of Things, Members can borrow a wide range of items, including toolsgardening equipment, kitchen things, camping equipment, board games and toys, for a fraction of the cost of buying new. You can see what's available to borrow and reserve items on this website, or by calling in to the Thingery during opening hours.

If we don't have something that you'd like to see in our library, email us at library-of-things@climateactionilkley.org.uk and let us know what Things you'd like us to add to our catalogue. We have a Wish List of Things that people have asked us to add to our library. If you have any of the Things on our Wish List that you'd be happy to donate or loan to us, please let us know by calling in to the Thingery during Opening Hours, or Emailing us at library-of-things@climateactionilkley.org.uk. 


Becoming a member of Ilkley Thingery is easy and affordable. Membership fees start at just £2 per year. Item borrowing fees (c. £0.37 - £3 per day) are based on the Item and the number of days you Borrow Things. We also offer discounts and incentives for repeat borrowing and referrals (contact library-of-things@climateactionilkley.org.uk for details). Register to become a member today.

Who Runs the Thingery.

The Ilkley Thingery is run mostly by one person, who has given hundreds of hours to set up and run this project, and by another person who has given many hours keeping the tools and equipment in our library in good working order, maintaining and repairing our stock. We also have a few volunteers who help with jobs within the library, and with covering some of the shifts during opening hours.

We urgently need more people to join the project to take on some of the workload, and volunteer to keep the Thingery open. It would be wonderful if we could build a team of volunteers who could cover regular shifts within the library to allow us to open more frequently. We are currently normally open on only 3 days each week, because we don't have enough volunteers to open the Thingery on additional days. When we have enough volunteers to do so, we'll open on additional days. Please volunteer with us.

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with Ilkley Thingery. You can become a membervolunteer your time and skills (e.g., be at the Thingery for a shift to process loans, organise or clean stock, and sort donations, repair things, PAT test electrical things, build shelves), or make a donation to support our project. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with our latest news and events, or visit us during our opening hours to see what we have to offer.

Thank you for your interest in Ilkley Thingery. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.