Libraries are a mainstay for many communities. They’re convenient, cost nothing, have quality items and are community-focused.
Imagine if this proven model was replicated – with all its benefits - but was...
Your local library can be stocked with secondhand 'looks' too!
Like a traditional library, the collections are vast and varied. And with your free membership card, you can borrow at no cost for 2 weeks!
Housed within traditional libraries, the Clothing Library makes it easy and convenient to borrow not buy . It's about access, not ownership! By doing so, we all can help extend the life of clothing to keep them out of landfills.
We aim to make borrowing secondhand, second nature,” said Stella McShera, the brains behind the Clothing Library in Dover, NH
On Dec. 1, the Dover Public Library (DPL) was perhaps the rowdiest it has been in the building’s 118-year history, with the exception of the children’s room, of course.
“So instead of a hierarchical structure like the ownership model, it would be a democratic structure,” she said, referring to The Clothing Library cooperative. "With co-founders, decision-making is slower, but it’s more representative of what the community needs."
Enough clothing in the world already exists. Less is more.
CLOTHING LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP CARD
Borrow for Free with Valid ID*
SUSTAINABLE FASHION EVENTS
Attend Eco-Panels, Fashion Shows
Participate in DIY Repair, Upcycle, Restyle
*Must live within 15 miles of the Dover Public Library
The Clothing Library focuses on occasion wear - dressy, professional or seasonal garments. Think a fancy party dress or wedding suit; an interview outfit or attire for professional pictures; or a ski jacket or beach cover up for the handful of times you'll need them. Don't buy something to use just once a year or for a single season! You can now can easily borrow clothing instead of buying.
Our goal is to provide clothing for all genders and sizes. Adults, Teens, and Children.
NO LONGER ACCEPTING DONATIONS