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Members must be age 18 or over to borrow items from BDB Borrow Don’t Buy.
Only Members of BDB are eligible to borrow items. Prior to borrowing items, all Members must (a) complete a Membership Application Form; (b) sign the Liability Waiver and Indemnification Form; and (c) have their residence confirmed by a BDB volunteer or member of the staff (d) Pay the Membership Fee. For BDB Active Volunteers the Membership Fee is waived.
Items have a fee for borrowing. These fees will be listed on BDB’s website and our lending platform. The borrowing fees must be paid prior to borrowing tools from BDB. Borrowing fees pay for tool maintenance, replacement parts, new tools and upkeep of BDB’s facilities.
BDB staff are available to assist in explaining operation of items, and can provide any available manuals upon request. However, by taking possession of any item, the Member is certifying that he or she is capable of using that item in a safe and proper manner.
Only the Member is authorized to use BDB’s items. The Member shall not permit the use of items checked out to him or her by any other person unless by the express permission of BDB.
Items may only be reserved ahead up to three (3) weeks prior to the collection date. Reservations should be made online or in written and can either be emailed or dropped off at BDB in-person.
All items will be lent for a period of one (1) week and are to be returned to BDB on or before their Return Date deadline. Items may only be returned during BDB opening hours. Late fines (£1 per item per day) will be levied for each item kept past the loan period. All fines and fees must be paid in full before Members can borrow additional items.
All items are to be returned in the same (or better) condition as they were issued, barring normal wear and tear. All items must be returned clean. A £2 cleaning fee will be assessed if items are returned dirty. The Member agrees to pay for the loss of or damage to any item and while normal wear and tear is to be expected, it does not necessarily exempt BDB members from accruing repair fees. The Member further agrees to accept BDB staff’s assessment of the condition of returned items and staff’s assessment of fair restitution for damage, delinquency and/or loss of items in part or in total. This restitution amount could equal replacement cost of the item plus handling and processing fees items.
Members may renew each item for a second period if (a) the Member contacts BDB by noon on the day that the Return Date, and (b) no other Member has reserved the item. In an effort to maximize availability of items BDB reserves the right to refuse or limit renewals.
The Member agrees that BDB is not responsible for any manufacturing defects in quality of workmanship or materials inherent in any borrowed items. Each time you take an item out you must check it visually before you take it, and make other checks for any faults that you may be able to identify before using it. The Member agrees that if any borrowed item becomes unsafe or in a state of disrepair, he or she must immediately discontinue use of the item and notify BDB on return. BDB will only be liable to you for loss or damage caused by our negligence in failing to tell you about a known fault. We will not be liable for faults of which we are not aware of. Other than this BDB exclude all liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or breach of contract.
If you are borrowing electrical equipment you must check the visible wires and plug for any damage before use. If you are using the item outside, moving it about, or using it in circumstances where it may encounter water, anything sharp or other electrical wiring, you must use a circuit breaker.
If you borrow an item and with our agreement pass it on to another Borrower before it is returned to us and booked in, you remain liable to us for the return and condition of the object until it is returned to us. If you collect an item from another Borrower with our agreement that will also be on the terms of this Agreement.
Members may reserve items online or by contacting BDB. All items are first come, first served basis (unless the item was reserved). Items can be checked out online; if they are not picked up by the end of the next day that BDB is open, then the item will be put back in circulation.
Borrower understands and accepts that in an effort to maximize availability of items to all Members, BDB may send emails as a reminder when borrowed tools’ return dates are approaching. When items are not returned by the designated due date, BDB will issue an overdue notice by phone call, email, or letter. If the items are not returned after the notice has been sent, appropriate steps will be taken to retrieve them, including the use of a collection agency and/or legal action. Fines must be paid in full before borrowing additional items.
I affirm that the information that I have provided on the Membership Application is current, true, and correct. I understand that this information may be subject to verification.
I further state that I have read and fully understand the rules and regulations of BDB, and I understand that failure to comply with any of these rules may result in revocation of my borrowing privileges and/or legal action against me. I have read and signed a Waiver and Indemnification form, relinquishing any and all claims against BDB. Please check the box and add your signature to the space provided on the Membership Form, acknowledging that you have read and agree to BDB’s Item Use Policy.
Liability Waiver and Indemnification Form
The items in our collection are for the use of BDB members. Out of respect for future users, please take care of the items you borrow and report any damage to BDB immediately. Though borrowers are responsible for damage that they have caused, we promise not to be angry. If you feel compelled to return them in better condition than when you borrowed them, that would be highly appreciated!
Your Statements – READ THIS CAREFULLY EVERY TIME YOU BORROW ANYTHING
I am capable and experienced in using the items I am borrowing, and that I will use the items I am borrowing in a safe and proper manner. I am aware that BDB, its partners, directors, officers, members, volunteers and employees claim no expertise and make no representation concerning the fitness of any item for any particular use.
I, do hereby for myself, on behalf of my heirs, successors, and assigns, in consideration of being permitted to borrow tools, waive any and all claims against BDB, its officers, agents, volunteers and employees for any injury or injuries of any nature that I may suffer or incur in the use of the item that I am borrowing from BDB except those caused by a defect known to BDB and not made known to me.
I agree to release and indemnify and hold harmless BDB, its officers, agents, volunteers and employees from any and all liability, loss, claims, and demands, actions or causes of action for the death or injury to any persons and for any property damage suffered or incurred by any person which arises or may arise or be occasioned in any way from the use or possession of items I am borrowing from BDB.
I have read and fully understand and agree to the Borrower’s Agreement & Items Use Policy BDB and I understand that failure to comply with any of these rules may result in revocation of my borrowing privileges and/or legal action against me.
SHORT: I'm responsible for how I use what I borrow, and I won't blame the AWESOME team behind Borrow Don't Buy for what I do with the items.
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