Borrow It Membership Agreement

These terms and conditions are in place to ensure that Bright Box Makerspace (trading as Borrow It, Brightbox and Girls with Drills) operates fairly and with respect for all who use the library (our members). If Brightbox discovers you are not respecting this Members Agreement, we reserve the right to terminate your membership at any time.

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Joining Borrow It

To become a member of Borrow It you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Give your personal details for use on Borrow It's membership and library software: Full name, current address and valid email address
  • Have your identity and residence confirmed by Borrow It, by presenting a valid photo ID and a second form of identification showing proof of address dated within the last three months when you collect your first thing(s).
  • Pay for a monthly or annual Borrow It membership
  • Agree to this Members Agreement and the Borrow It Liability Waiver


Being a member

  • You confirm that you are over 18 years of age
  • You agree to keep your personal details on the Borrow It library software up to date and correct. At Borrow It we are committed to protecting your privacy and to being trasparent about how we collect and use your personal information. For more information visit


Reserving things

  • You agree to use Borrow It’s library software to manage your Borrow It borrowing. Things must be reserved and renewed through your account, either directly by yourself or with assistance from the Borrow It team in the library. All reservations will be confirmed by an email booking confirmation. You may renew each thing a maximum of two times if renewed before its due date and it has not been reserved by another member. Brightbox reserves the right to refuse or limit renewals and will do so based on demand. Brightbox reserves the right to refuse the borrowing of any thing at its discretion.
  • You agree to cancel unneeded reservations in good time. If you no longer need to borrow an item or cannot fulfil a reservation, you agree to cancel it to make it available to other members. 
  • You agree to pay outstanding payments. Any outstanding payments must be paid in full before reserving and borrowing additional things. 


Borrowing things

  1. You agree to the borrowing period of one week for all things, and things are to be returned to Brightbox on or before their stated return date. 
  2. You agree to have your identity verified, by presenting a valid photo ID, every time you collect things or the borrow may be refused.
  3. You agree to visually check the things before borrowing and using them, especially for electrical equipment. For example, check the wires and plug for any visible damage before use, and don’t use any items outside or near water if not intended for those uses. 
  4. You agree to keep the borrowed things safe and store them securely.
  5. You agree to not permit the use of things checked out to you by any other person unless by the express permission of Brightbox. Only you are authorised to use things you borrow from Brightbox. You are insured to use the borrowed things – but nobody else is insured to use them. If anyone else uses them, that person is not insured for any damage to their person or their property. For example, if you are hosting an event using things borrowed from Bright Box Makerspace, you will need your own public liability insurance.
  6. You agree to use the borrowed things in a safe and proper manner. You are responsible for using any item you borrow for the job it is intended to do, familiarising yourself with how to use the thing, taking appropriate precautions and wearing personal protective equipment where necessary. Bright Box Makerspace accepts no responsibility for demonstrating usage.
  7. You agree to immediately stop using any borrowed thing if it becomes unsafe or in a state of disrepair.
  8. You agree to tell Brightbox about any accidental damage immediately via or in the library when you return the thing, so we know to put time aside to make the thing safe for the next member. You understand that Brightbox is not responsible for any manufacturing defects in quality of workmanship or materials inherent in any borrowed things.
  9. You agree to not use the borrowed things to do professional work where you are charging a fee to a third party. You will not be insured for this activity, and risk your membership being terminated.


Returning things

  • You agree to return all borrowed things on time, so the next member isn’t kept waiting. Things must be returned by close of business on the stated return date. Borrowed things may only be returned during opening hours. If you have a problem returning the item, please contact us immediately. If borrowed things are not returned on time, you will incur a late fee and you will be notified. This late fee will be £2 per day (whether Borrow It is open or not) for each thing not returned. If you do not return the item after one week of the stated return date, the item may be considered a ‘non return’ and you may be charged the full replacement cost of a new item. 
  • You agree to return all borrowed things in good condition. All borrowed things are to be returned in the same (or better) condition as they were issued, barring normal wear and tear. All borrowed things must be returned clean, and if things are returned in a state that would cause an unpleasant experience for the next member we reserve the right to charge a cleaning fee of £5.
  • You agree to accept Borrow It’s assessment of the condition of returned things and any fair compensation for damage, mis-use, delinquency, and/or loss of things in part or in total. This cost could equal the full replacement value of the things. 
  • You agree to pay fees promptly. Fees must be paid in full before borrowing additional things. Fees will be no more than the cost price of the things if bought new. Brightbox reserves the right to use appropriate steps to retrieve damaged things or unpaid fees and costs, including the use of legal action and charge you with the cost of any such action. Brightbox also reserves the right to forgive fees due to special circumstances.