JOINING: A 2-step process

Membership is $30 a year and gives access to most items in the library. Some items require an additional charge.

STEP 1 –  Visit our secure online payment page here:

STEP 2 – Create an account in our library by clicking here:


Who can join the Co-op?
Any resident of Transylvania County, upon making an application. People who are not in Transylvania County may join upon making an application and being approved by a vote of the Board.

What are the membership fees?
$30.00 for a year’s membership. However, members are encouraged to contribute a higher amount if possible. However, no matter how much money is contributed, each member will have one vote (one member = one vote; no multiple votes per family or organization)

You can join any time, but all Annual Renewals will be done in March of each year.

Proration of Membership: If you join in the last 3 months of the membership year (December, January, February) you may pay 1/2 price.

Leaving the Co-op.
You can leave the co-op any time by choosing not to renew your annual fee. There are no refunds if you leave mid-year.


In consideration of the loan by Transylvania Shares (Lender) to the Borrower, of the inventory item(s) (Item), the Borrower agrees to borrow the Item in accordance with the following terms and considerations:

1. Borrower accepts the Item in “as is” condition; any pre-existing flaws or damage must be documented by the Lender prior to Pick-up by the Borrower of the Item.
2. Lender staff will be available to assist in explaining operations of Items, and, upon
request, will make available materials such as manuals. However: upon taking possession of any Item, the Borrower acknowledges that he/she is capable to use the Item borrowed without supervision, and will use the Item in a safe and proper manner.
3. Borrower agrees to return the Item to the Lender-specified location at or before the
return time and date agreed upon at Pick-up. Items are to be returned in the same condition as they were issued, barring normal wear and tear. All Items are to be returned clean. Borrower agrees to pay for the loss or damage to any Item and further agrees to accept the Lender staff’s assessment of fair restitution for damage,
dirtiness, delinquency, and/or loss of items in part or in total. This restitution amount
could equal the replacement cost of the Item.
4. All Items are first come, first served.
5. One renewal of the loan is possible if arranged with the Lender staff ahead of the return time. The Lender reserves the right to refuse or limit renewals and will do so based on demand.
6. When an Item is not returned by the designated due date, the Lender will issue an overdue notice. 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. The Lender may replace severely delinquent Items,
holding Borrower responsible for the full replacement cost plus applicable handling fees.
Fines must be paid in full before borrowing additional Items.

7. Borrower shall not permit the use of Item checked out to them by any other person,
unless by express permission of the Lender.
8. Borrower acknowledges the use of the Item is at the Borrower’s own risk and that the Lender expressly disclaims any warranty regarding the condition or fitness for the particular use of any Item provided hereunder.
9. Borrower agrees that if any borrowed item becomes unsafe or in a state of disrepair,
they will immediately discontinue use of the Item and notify the Lender of the issue on return, if not earlier.
10. Borrower hereby agrees, for him- or herself, on behalf of successors and assigns, in consideration of being permitted to borrow any Item, to waive any and all claims against the Lender, its board members, employees, agents, and volunteers, 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 Transylvania Shares. Borrower further agrees, for him- or herself, on behalf of successors and assigns, to fully indemnify and hold harmless the Lender and its board members, employees, agents, and volunteers and to defend them against all suits, judgments, actions, claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and legal expenses), arising out of, in connection with, or in any way related to the use of the Item including but not limited to any claims asserting product liability, wrongful death, personal injury, or damage to property relating to the Item;
11. Borrower acknowledges that he/she has read and understood the Borrowing Rules


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