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ANGUSalive Libraries are excited to bring to the community of Angus our Lend + Mend project.

A new dedicated facility in Forfar Library, which allows free access to equipment to repair, reuse, and upcycle everyday items, has officially opened.

As part of a trailblazing project funded by the John Lewis Circular Future Fund, public libraries in key areas across the country will lead the way in developing a long-term model for circular economy activities, while helping to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

You can book your induction by e-mailing, calling 01307 492121 or coming to Forfar Library in person.

We are absolutely thrilled to open our very own Lend and Mend Hub here in Forfar. We are very proud of the service that we offer our community, and this is very much a welcome addition to it. We hope our members are as excited about the Hub opening as we are.

Kirsty Sutherland, Libraries Team Leader

The Hub

Our Lend + Mend Hub is a dedicated facility, based in Forfar Library, which allows free access to equipment to repair, reuse and upcycle everyday items.

Current Equipment

  • Sewing Accessories
  • Needles & Thread
  • Sewing Machines
  • Overlocker
  • Embroidery Machine
  • Haberdashery


Book your induction by:

E-mailing:  |  Calling: 01307 492121  |  Visiting: Forfar Library in person

Project Funding

Nine library partners across Scotland have been selected to host a ‘Lend and Mend Hub’ as part of the pilot project managed by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).

Taking a co-design approach, the hubs have been developed with insight and expertise from local teams and library members to ensure services are tailored to community needs.  Funding granted from The John Lewis Partnership’s £1m Circular Future Fund has been used for the equipment, training and space upgrades needed to deliver these promising projects.

Following their launch, each library hub will also introduce an education programme to support new skills development, helping to reduce inequality through equitable access to resources.   The first focus will be on ‘mending’, with a series of sewing workshops and repair cafes already underway at some locations.

It’s great to see our ‘Lend and Mend Hubs’ take shape in what is an exciting chapter for our libraries.  Building on their current offering, our services are transforming and thriving in line with community needs, giving people access to resources they might not otherwise have to support responsible consumption and learning, locally and free.

We hope this pilot will help develop a long-term model for libraries to be a hub of circular economy activities, while also providing valuable learnings to promote the urgent need to adopt a more circular way of living more widely for the long-term benefit of us all.

Pamela Tulloch, chief executive of SLIC

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