About

Alan Dalgairns
Alan Dalgairns
Founder / Director
I’ve been repairing things since I was twelve with varying degrees of success in those days! I entered working life as a lab technician. In 1993 joined Kimberly Clark where I worked in IT Support and helped manage the development of a logistics solution that rolled out across Europe. I later took sole responsibility for the Manufacturing plants IT infrastructure with the support of global teams. In 2012 I moved to the University of Hull as Support Engineer and then onto Support Manager for an “in house” not-for-profit software development company Called Seed Software, which makes mobilising systems for the UK fire service. In 2016 I took over managing the company for the University and managing a great team of developers, together we transformed the company from a surplus of £50K to a surplus of 250k in one year while bringing new products to the market and helping to get the organisation to a commercial footing. My interest in the Library of Things movement started in 2006 when I realised some items on eBay were effectively borrowed (purchased, used and resold multiple times) but with all the hassle of packaging and posting. I started to see a better solution and found the “library of things movement” that began in the USA. With a passion for creating the Library of Stuff, I planned the project and formed the Community Interest Company in November 2019 and opened the incubator in March 2020 establishing it to borrow things in Hull and the surrounding area.
Liam Turnbull
Liam Turnbull
Director
Hi, I am Liam Turnbull. I currently work for a local Financial Advice firm, which specialises in Pensions and Capital Investment. I studied Law at University and have since completed the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. Before working in finance, I worked in various roles, including a local charity delivering community-based projects, and where I also assisted the management in researching and preparing applications for grant funding and tendered contracts. I then moved to the private sector, where I worked in a local firm's Sales Contracts department, submitting competitive tenders for contracts to supply workplace consumables. I like listening to and playing music (though the latter seems to have taken a backseat after having kids). I play golf a lot, and I read a lot (mainly non-fiction). I am from Hull, and I love my city.  I wanted to help out with this project as I believe that the Library of Stuff will improve its residents' lives by creating a common treasury of items, thereby discouraging people from taking on unsustainable levels of personal debt by purchasing expensive, yet seldom used tools and equipment. The project will encourage people to think more sustainably about the items they buy and to think twice before throwing them away. 
Tim Buescher
Tim Buescher
Director
Hi, I’m Tim Buescher. I have lectured in mental health at the University of Hull since 2016. Before coming into academia, I worked as a care co-ordinator in early intervention in psychosis services in Hull and the East Riding. Overall, I spent 12 years working in local mental health services as a housekeeper, cook, catering supervisor, nursing assistant, student nurse, Care co-ordinator and senior specialist practitioner. I have also been involved in trade unions for much of that time. My PhD looked at family help-seeking in a case of compulsive hoarding. I am very interested in why we hold onto things and what they mean to us. I was really attracted to The library of Stuff because it offers us the chance to enjoy using things over just having them. I have probably have way too many!

Join the community project!

Volunteer at the Library of Stuff cic

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have an interesting in joining the team in other ways please drop me a line on info@libraryofstuff.co.uk

Currently recruiting volunteers for a multitude of tasks such as:-

  1. Listing Items on the web catalogue (can be done at home)
  2. Repair gurus who can do any of the following:- service, repair and sharpen tools. (can be done at home)
  3. Random events to help promote to the Library of Stuff.

Perks include credits to membership at the library so you can borrow for free for the time you are actively volunteering T&C apply