New Idea: Visit London’s vinyl-only public library

02 Jul 2013

A new vinyl-only public library has opened in Stoke Newington.


Vinyl Lending Public Library Stoke Newington Sophie Austin and Elly Rendall

A new vinyl-only public library opened yesterday (July 1) in Stoke Newington. 

The brainchild of DJ's Sophie Austin and Elly Rendell, the library will loan out records donated by the public for a small membership fee of £10 a month and will be able to take out five records at a time. Renting records will be free for those who donate to the library

Run by volunteers and operating on a not-for-profit basis, the library also plans on hosting DJ lessons and screening music documentaries. 

Discussing the origins of the concept, Austin and Rendell offered the following: 

"We were DJing UK garage sets… we wanted to build up our vinyl collection. 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?’"

The library is open from 11am-9pm Monday to Sunday and is based on Foulden Road, Stoke Newington. 

And what happens to those that rent something out and fail to return it, you ask? Well... 

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