Bridget Kennedy has been interested in the share economy for a while. She’s thought about starting a tool library for many years, the impetus being when she needed some power-operated gardening tools to do a bit of work in her new garden. She borrowed some tools from neighbours but realised that most people in the street had multiple versions of the same tools.  While borrowing tools was a great way to meet her new neighbours, it just didn’t seem to make sense on so many levels for most households in the area to have the same tools. In 2020, she decided to make her idea a reality. She visited Make-Do in Wollongong, and spoke to other tool libraries. She reached out to the local community to see if there was interest and put a proposal together to a supportive council….and here we are.

Our Team

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Bridget Kennedy

Instigator & Co-Founder

Bridget is the director of Bridget Kennedy Project Space, a founding member of Repair Cafe Sydney North and the instigator of the Sydney Edible Garden Trail, a community not-for-profit event run across 14 council areas. A committed and passionate advocate of permaculture for people and the environment, Bridget devotes her time to initiatives that foster community connection.


Carol Skyring

President & Co-Founder

Carol has spent a lifetime as an educator – as a teacher, trainer and academic. Carol is an advocate of permaculture and from 2014 – 2020 lived as self-sufficiently and sustainably as possible in rural QLD. She’s continued her passion for sustainability with studies in a Diploma of Sustainable Living and by giving her time to projects such as her local community garden, the Sydney Edible Garden Trail and now The Sydney Library of Things.

Jacky Barker

Jacky Barker


Jacky is passionate about community. With a background in Law, she’s found her calling as the creator of the hyper-local media enterprise, In The Cove, the go to place for local Lane Cove News. She’s a naturally curious person, interested in others and determined to make the world a better place.

We also thank our past-volunteers. For all the little and big ways you've pitched in.... thanks!

Michaela – Social Media Coordinator,  Sandra – Graphic Designer,  Adam – IT, Andrew – Tag and Tester, Lorelie – PR & Marketing & Frontdesk

Special thanks for the support of the following volunteers who helped guide this project in it's early stages from an idea into reality.

Sandra, Jordan, Heather, Tali, Rebecca and Anke.

North Sydney Council

We are eternally grateful to North Sydney Council for believing in this project and for their support in the provision of our space at The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. Thank you also to the staff at The Coal Loader for providing us with shelving and for some of our library items (such as a portable induction stovetop and party packs).

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A massive shout out to myturn.com who have provided us with our ‘library’ software free of charge as a non-profit while we make our mark on the share economy in Sydney.



Thank you to gohosting, our internet service providers, who provide us with as special ‘non-profit incorporated association’ discount on our hosting.