Who can use the Gear Library?
Memberships are available for Grand Rapids residents 18 years and older. Members can also choose to allow dependents aged 16 and 17 to borrow equipment under their account.
Organizations, businesses, and non profits are also welcome, but must schedule a consultation to become a member and use this service. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to setup a consultation.
We focus our efforts on specific neighborhoods within Grand Rapids, particularly where residents have faced disproportionate social or economic barriers to the outdoors. If you'd like to see this work continue, please consider making a donation when you borrow gear.
How do I borrow gear?
As an individual:
- Before borrowing gear, please come to the gear library for a membership orientation.
- After you become a member, you can check out available gear on the spot, or reserve gear in advance. You'll be given instructions to do this during your membership orientation.
For large groups, organizations, nonprofits, etc:
We’d love to talk more and see if we can support you! To discuss further, contact staff at email@example.com . We can't guarantee gear availability for every group, and a group fee may be charged.
Do I need to bring anything to my membership orientation?
There are no fee's for residents to borrow gear. Please bring one proof of address, but we will not keep these documents after you show them to us. Proof of ID can be done with a passport, ID, drivers license, or piece of mail.
Is the gear library really free?
Yes! We do not charge deposits or late fees. Please respect equipment from the library so that it can be used by more people. If equipment or policies are abused, we may not lend to a member again.
How do I make a donation.
Equipment donations can be made without notice at the gear library during open hours. If you have questions about what we need or accept, feel free to shoot us an email in advance.
Financial donations can be made online by clicking here.
Is equipment cleaned in between uses?
Yes it is! We have laundry facilities and processes in place to clean items in between uses. Items are also checked in between uses to ensure they function properly.