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I have heard of these so-called 'share shops' in the Netherlands whereby for a small contribution of an item (not specified), you are able to join a library and borrow, for a short time, an item you need.

Does anyone know what these shops are really called? I'd like to travel to see them myself with a view to setting one up in Scotland.

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There are multiple initiatives like this in the Netherlands, however I have not heard of a physical shop. Most of these "deelwinkels" are online on existing platforms like facebook. How did you hear about these share shops? – Saaru Lindestøkke Jul 12 '14 at 12:48
I am a native Dutch citizen and have never of these shops, so they are probably not that common :) – Bernhard Jul 13 '14 at 8:14
Thanks Bart and Bernhard. I heard about them at a talk by Robin McAlpine, who works with the Reid Foundation in Scotland. I did a little more research and I think it's maybe online site, Peerby, that I might be looking for. Cheers for your responses though ;-) – Andy Jul 13 '14 at 9:49

Give-away shops ("weggeefwinkels") are quite different from what you're describing but they might suit your needs very well. Here is a list.

This article has extensive information about sharing stuff in the Netherlands. It's in Dutch but translates well through Google Translate.

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Thanks for your response Kasper. Very helpful! – Andy Jul 26 '14 at 14:08

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