Vinyl-only public library opens in London

The volunteer-run Vinyl Library is stocked exclusively by donations

A new library has opened in London today (July 1) stocked only with vinyl reports The Guardian.

The Vinyl Library, set up by two London based DJs Sophie Austin and Elly Rendall, is run by volunteers and will operate on a not-for-profit basis. Its stock is comprised of vinyl records donated by the public, with donations already having been made from as far away as New Orleans.

Speaking about the idea behind the venture, Austin told the paper: “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?’

She continued: “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.”

The pair also plan to hold DJ lessons in the library, with a particular view to attracting female DJs to the library, and have said events like screening music documentaries could happen in the future.

The library is open from 11am-9pm Monday to Sunday and is based on Foulden Road in the Stoke Newington area of London. Joining up costs £1 with further charges applicable when borrowing up to a maximum of five records.