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The Thing Library's sharing economy is powered by passionate people who want to make a difference in sustainability, community and belonging in London.

Volunteers are the beating heart of our Thing Library. They dedicate their time, share their skills, and work directly with the London community. We believe there is power in sharing and that together we can build more while wasting less. If you do too, we would love to have you join the team.

We strive to find the right fit for our volunteers. There are a number of ways to be involved with the Thing Library and we hope you find the one that allows you to explore your interests, share your talents, and ultimately elevate our cause. We just ask for a minimum commitment of 3-5 hours per months over the course of 6 months (some exceptions may apply).

Below are some of the volunteer roles it will take to see our vision become a reality. If you would like to volunteer with the Thing Library, please complete the application form at the bottom of the page, or email info@thinglibrary.ca if you have any questions.

Volunteer roles

Thing Librarian

Our Librarians are the key connectors between members and things! Librarians manage memberships, lend tools and take care of operations behind the scenes. They also foster a sense of community at the Thing Library: explaining the library to newcomers, sharing upcoming events, and building relationships with members and the wider community. Librarians may also provide support with thing donation and communications from time to time.

Donation Support

Getting things donated is an integral component of our operations! We’re looking for volunteers who can connect with people and organizations who have things to donate; receive, photograph and catalogue donations; research and recommend new things for the library. This role is flexible. It can be tailored to your skills and availability. Some tasks may be done from home.

Communications Volunteer

The Thing Library is brand new for London and we need to do everything we can to get the word out there! Are you a social media whizz, illustrator/designer, writer, and/or someone who can help us put together newsletters and social posts, and respond promptly to messages from current and potential members, donors and partners? We would love to hear from you and incorporate your talents and passion into our team! This role can be carried out fully or partly from home.

Tool Doctor

We’re fortunate to receive donated tools, but they may not always be in good condition (or even working!). Tool Doctors are responsible for keeping our inventory in safe, working condition, but they also strip tools for parts and sometimes repair or even rebuild them. They also diagnose and repair any tools that come back broken or "not working’" plus conduct regular upkeep like maintaining blades, bits and belts. Shifts are variable, but require significant expertise.

Apply to Volunteer

If any of these roles sound like you, please submit your application by completing the application form below. You can also access the form using this link.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and our team will get back to you with next steps.

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested, share it on social media, and tell your friends! If you have any questions, please email info@thinglibrary.ca :) Thank you for your interest!

Please note

Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee a volunteer role for you, either immediately or in the future. If there’s not a current match for your volunteering skills, opportunities may arise later. You can check our volunteer webpage any time for updated positions. We also reserve the right not to place a volunteer who is unable to either fulfill the duties as outlined in a placement agreement and/or is deemed unsuitable for the specific opportunity, even if there’s not a better candidate available.