London now has a vinyl library… yes, an actual library where you can borrow vinyl records. Created by two enterprising DJs, the library is a not for profit organisation dependant on donations and goodwill, with a £1 to join and other charges while borrowing the tunes. One of the pair, Sophie Austin, explained to the Guardian why they’ve started it:
“We were DJing UK garage sets and we wanted to build up our vinyl collection. We didn’t have the budget to buy a whole new collections, 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?’... People can share their knowledge with people who are new to vinyl[...] We like the idea of getting people tactile with a piece of vinyl and getting everyone connected to that again.”
If you’re in London, pop over to Foulden Road on Stoke Newington from 11am to 9pm Monday to Sunday from the 8th of July. DJ classes and other events will be happening inside.