Lend and Mend

As part of a project with The Scottish Library & Information Council, Central Library has recently launched its ‘Lend and Mend Hub’, located in the Media Centre.

The hub features six sewing machines and an overlocker that will help the local community to repair, reuse, and upcycle everyday items, with free access for everyone to keep items in use for longer, rather than them being thrown away.



The team from Repair What You Wear Aberdeen are hosting a series of events within the Hub.


Get to grips with sewing machines with Repair What You Wear

Monday evenings, 5.45pm - 7.45pm in the Lend and Mend Hub, Central Library.

Monday 11 December and 18 December.

This class is designed for those who want to use sewing machines, for repair and creative projects but don’t have experience.  It will cover threading machines, all core stitching techniques, handling materials and problem solving. This short one-off course is the best grounding to coming back into the library to use the machines in your own time.

Spaces are limited so booking essential. Sessions open for booking seven days in advance.

NB: This is a one-off course with the same session taught every Monday. Please only book on to one session.


Lend and Mend: Any Question Answered (drop-in sessions)

Thursdays, 11.30am - 2pm in the Lend and Mend Hub, Central Library.

Sessions take place on Thursday 14 December.

Repairs save money and keeping clothing out of landfill is good for the planet. Bring you repair queries and the Repair What You Wear team will help you fix your stuff, give advice, and try to get your clothing back to good use.

Please note that these drop in sessions will not feature any hands on teaching with the sewing machines. Please sign up to one of the sessions above for an introduction.



No, the service is free to use on a drop-in basis during the Central Library opening hours.

9am - 8pm (Monday and Wednesday)

9am - 5pm (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

9am - 5pm (Saturday)

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