Our use of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) seeks to create an affinity space in which those who have experienced structural exclusion based on race can access outdoor gear. Our choice to make this a BIPOC library is in response to historical and ongoing experiences of exclusion. Affinity spaces like the library are commonly used in racial justice and equity work to create safe(r) and more accessible opportunities.
While our gear is specifically for those who identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour, we hope to offer education and opportunities for everyone.
If you identify within another historically excluded community and are looking for support, please reach out.
If you are a parent or caregiver to someone who identifies as BIPOC, please reach out.
If you are interested in collaborating on an event or learning opportunity that connects to BIPOC communities' experiences of the outdoors, please reach out.
Accessibility is a term used to describe the degree to which Library Members can use our products and services. If you have an accessibility need to visit our warehouse or would like to discuss accessibility related to gear, such as
Knowing the weight of a canoe.
Knowing which kayaks are well suited for bigger bodies.
Needing additional support to repack or clean gear.
Addressing accessibility barriers related to gear manuals or other information and documentation.
Don't hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All visitors to the BIPOC Outdoor Gear Library must be masked (with the exception of those that are medically exempt) and sanitize their hands on entry. Masks can be removed if borrowers are 6ft from the nearest person. Those with medical exemptions are asked to consider our contactless pickup option.
Joining the library is at no cost and is available to those:
Who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour
Who are 18 years of age or older
You will be required to create an account. Library members must log in to access their account, read and sign our waiver and borrowing policy, book their equipment and schedule their time for pick up and drop off of equipment.
Time slots must be reserved through MyTurn prior to visiting the BIPOC Outdoor Gear Library storage facility.
You will not be able to place same-day reservations. Equipment will not be available on a drop-in basis at this time.
How to place a reservation:
Click “reserve” and select a date that is at least 2 days in advance (up to 7 days in advance).
Select the duration for the loan period (up to 7 days). One extension of up to 7 days is available, provided that the equipment is available for loan during that time period.
If you require a longer rental period, please contact BIPOC Outdoor Gear Library staff at email@example.com to discuss whether a longer rental period is possible.
Choose from the available time slots for pick up.
Members will receive an email confirming pickup time. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of your pick up time or you receive a denial email, please check in with the BIPOC Outdoor Gear Library via email to check on the status of your reservation
69 Huron Street, Guelph, ON
Register for a pick-up time slot when you select your gear.
Members are required to show photo identification to pick-up gear from the library.
Time slots are not required for returns, but there may be a short queue to process returns. Members will be served one at a time, and may be asked to wait outside the double doors if there are 2 people already inside.
Please reach out with any suggestions, ideas or feedback about the library. For example, we would love to hear from you about items you would like to see in our inventory, ways to improve access and accessibility or opportunities for us to grow, such as grant opportunities.