What does it cost?

The South London Sling Library is a privately funded not-for-profit organisation. In order to help fund the purchase of new and replacement carriers, contribute to running costs, and to allow us to continue to provide high quality and up to date information about baby carriers, the Library asks for a small fee for every carrier loan.  To ensure that all carriers are returned to us in good order we also ask for a refundable deposit for every carrier hired, which can be given in cash or by Paypal payment.

Loan fees are agreed in advance and depend on the length of the loan and the carrier or sling borrowed.  The standard loan period is 2 weeks, which will cost £5-15 per carrier, though we’re also happy to agree longer loans or loan extensions if you need. Refundable deposits reflect the value of the carrier/s borrowed and will be £25-150 per carrier hired.

Minimum Sling Hire Costs:

Minimum sling hire costs are £5 for up to 2 weeks. Additional days/weeks agreed in advance are charged at £0.50 per day or £3 per week.  More expensive carriers have higher hire costs, up to a maximum of £15 for 2 weeks, £1.50 per day or £9 per week.

Refundable Deposits:

For every carrier or sling borrowed we’ll ask you to leave a deposit of between £25-£150 (depending on what it costs to buy the carrier new). This deposit is fully refundable on return of the carrier and instructions in the same condition that they were loaned to you.

Deposits provide us (and our supporters) with assurance that carriers will be returned safely and allow us to repair or replace the carrier if anything should happen to it while it’s out on loan.  Typical charges that may be taken from your deposit are £5-10 for lost instruction booklets or DVDs, £5 for a lost chest belt or accessory strap, and from £5 for stains or damage depending on how repairable it is and how it affects the carrier use.

Late Fees:

Finally (and hopefully not very often), we charge late fees. If you return your carrier late, then we will charge late fees of £1-3 per day for every day after the original return due date. If you are concerned that you may not be able to return your carrier on time PLEASE LET US KNOW before your carrier return date as we may be able to extend your loan or make other arrangements for returning it.

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