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Share & Share Alike: The Vinyl Library

London’s first ever all-vinyl lending library has just opened in North London.

Run by volunteers, the non-profit library only stocks vinyl records that have all been donated by the public. The largest donation so far has been 300 records, while the average donation size is around 50 records per person. For only £1 people can become library members and take out up to five records at a time. Offering a wide range of music from UK garage to vintage disco, The Vinyl Library also offers a series of events including DJ mixes and workshops.

Located in Stoke Newington, The Vinyl Library was established by two female DJs Sophie Austin and Elly Rendall.

Co-founder Sophie Austin was inspired to set up the library when she wanted to build up her vinyl collection. Austin says, “we didn’t have the budget to buy a whole new collection, there’s no vinyl in libraries any more and we have quite eclectic tastes, so we thought: Wouldn’t it be great to have a vinyl library?’’

Fellow co-founder Elly Rendall hopes that the library will become a social space and community, as she says “in record shops, you can feel a bit nervous about asking questions. So the library will be about creating a welcoming, open space.”

The Vinyl Library is open 11am-9pm Monday to Saturday at Unit 1, Foulden Road, London. –Babette Radclyffe-Thomas

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