The sharing economy has given rise to a variety of cutting-edge borrowing and sharing behaviours during the past 10 years, many of which have the potential to fundamentally alter communities and societies. The Library of Things (LoT), a nonprofit sharing space modelled after traditional library systems, is one such invention that lets users borrow a variety of commodities, tools, and equipment. This study adds to the growing body of knowledge and investigation into the nonprofit sharing economy and the function of LoTs as sharing places. Three major socio-spatial themes—sharing cultures, sharing capital, and sharing politics—are examined in the evolution of Canadian LoTs, drawing on in-depth interviews with LoT founders and managers. Ultimately, our work emphasizes how these shared spaces' viability and survival depend on navigating these intricate physical and social dynamics, including their ability to provide spaces for community, experimentation, and cooperation.
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