Shared lists (Direct Connections)

+ Share is the magic button in Joinable Direct Connections. From here you can share items and recommendations, request help or to borrow something, share an activity, invite people to connect and chat!


Lending libraries provide opportunities for our communities, both in reducing waste and building engagement. Joinable's free lending library provides a place for your local community to pool together its tools and goods. Members can easily list the items (gadgets, books, lemons) which they're happy to share with their neighbors and friends, and in turn with a simple click of a button they can borrow that wheelbarrow they need!

The shared tab displays “Free stuff”, the “Lending Library”, “Ask me about” and “Recommendations”, along with “My Shares” which includes all of your items and suggestions.

Lending library

Our lending library has been designed as a place where your local community can share its resources. You can list the items in your home that you’re happy to share with your neighbors and you can borrow theirs. To view, select the ‘Shared’ tab, followed by ‘Lending Library’.

To list an item, click on the ‘+ Share’ button, followed by ‘Share’, then ‘Lending library item’. Here you can include a title, description and photo of the item. It will then be featured in your connections’ ‘Shared with me’, lending libraries.

Requesting an item from the library is easy. Simply select the item you are interested in, then click the ‘Request to borrow’ button. This will populate the chat function between you and the owner, with a ‘Looking to borrow: item name’ message.

Owners can track who currently has an item. Click on the '...' menu to the top right of your item, 'Add borrower', select the relevant connection followed by 'Borrow'. Head back to '...' and 'Mark as returned' to indicate when an item has been given back.

The 'Share' button creates a QR code and link for your to share an item with another members.

Free stuff

Free stuff are items that you and your connections are giving away for free.

To publish a free item, select ‘+ Share’, ‘Share’, ‘Free stuff’, followed by a name, description and photo (optional). This will be shared with all of your direct connections, as well as any groups where you have enabled item sharing.

Requesting something from the ‘Free stuff’ section is easy. Simply click on the item, followed by the ‘I’m interested’ button, which will start a direct chat message between you and the owner, that says ‘I’m interested in your item name”.


Looking for a plumber, restaurant or vacation idea? Head to ‘Recommendations’ in the ‘Shared’ tab where you can see your connections’ suggestions. To include your own endorsements, select ‘+ Share’, ‘Share’ and then ‘Recommendation’.


Looking for help or advice? By selecting the ‘+ Share’ button followed by ‘Request’, you can request to ‘Borrow something’, a ‘Recommendation’ or ‘A little help’. Here you can state exactly what you are looking for, include a personal message and say when you need it. For items that you are looking to borrow, please check the ‘Lending library’ before requesting an item.

This request is sent out in the form of a message to your My Community connections. Members can respond with either an ‘I can help’, ‘Maybe’ or ‘Not now’. They can also add a comment to the thread.

Ask me about

Want to share a skill or expertise with your connections? “Ask me about” is a space for you to let people know the areas you’re knowledgeable about. It can be anything from knitting to fly fishing, plumbing to nuclear physics. The more we share, the more we can help contribute to our community.