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Buy Nothing Public Library
Peruse our collection of resources created to help you and your community build a vibrant Buy Nothing gift economy and a strong web of connections.
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Buy Nothing Flyers, Posts, and Educational Resources
Buy Nothing Academy
Get your Buy Nothing diploma! Attend our free, self-paced Buy Nothing Academy to get more from your Buy Nothing experience
Buy Nothing Community
Customize your Buy Nothing community experience with the resources our our Community page
Build Buy Nothing
Visit our Build page for resources that will help you build Buy Nothing community everywhere you go. 
Buy Nothing Flyers
Want to invite people to join you in Buy Nothing-ing? Print up some Buy Nothing Flyers to get the word out! 
Accessibility & Inclusion Posts
This page has sample Accessibility & Inclusion Posts you can share with your community
Buy Nothing Communities & Private Groups
Foundational Documents & Resources
The Fine Print
The Fine Print has all of the Buy Nothing rules and suggested best practices
Fine Print Commonly Asked Questions
Commonly Asked Questions that people have about the Fine Print
10 Rules
The 10 Rules: A Short & Sweet version of the most foundational Buy Nothing rules, created to fit into private group rule areas on popular platforms. 
All About the Buy Nothing Project
All About the Buy Nothing Project, the only document you need to link your group to, so you'll have access to all of the important Buy Nothing group resources
Starter Pack for Private Groups
The Starter Pack for Private Groups is your road map to starting your own Buy Nothing private group
Build Your Group's Description
Use the Group Descriptions page to put together a public description for your group, to explain to people what you're all about
List Your Group
Once your group is ready to go with current documents, complete the List Your Gift Economy form. We'd love to add your group to our worldwide list of Buy Nothing communities of all kinds. 
Find a Buy Nothing Community or Private Group
Looking for a Buy Nothing community or private group? Check our global Find Your Community list! 
Report an Unlisted Buy Nothing Community or Group
Help us add to and/or correct our list of Buy Nothing gift economies around the world by filling out the Report an Unlisted Gift Economy form. 
Private Group Conflict Resources
Private Group Conflict Resources has best practices, tips and ideas to help group members and group leaders through issues that may arise

Buy Nothing Private Groups Set-up & Growth Resources

Community Agreement
The Buy Nothing Equity Team’s Community Agreement: This is the agreement we all enter into when we join a Buy Nothing Facebook group. Our deepest gratitude goes to the Buy Nothing Equity Team for crafting this foundational document.
Licensing Our Documents
Buy Nothing Project Open Source Attribution: This page contains information to help you license and use the Buy Nothing Project Creative Commons License documents in ways that respect copyright law.
Group Footprints
Determining Buy Nothing Group Footprints: Helpful information about how to determine your group’s footprint.
Group Naming Conventions
Buy Nothing Group Naming Conventions: Suggested naming conventions that will aid in ease of finding groups on the Buy Nothing Project worldwide online list of gift economies
Tips for Engagement
Getting Your Buy Nothing Group Started: Some great tips on kickstarting your new Buy Nothing group into action.
As Your Group Grows
As Your Group Gains Momentum: This document is designed to answer some questions about things that may happen as you’re living your life as a Buy Nothing group admin.
Private Group Growth Options
Private Group Growth Options looks into the various issues to consider as you set-up a private group, define your group's footprint, and accommodate growth in membership. 
Growth Options
Growth Options: In this document we provide you with information about the most commonly-used approaches to accommodate community growth, and their pros and cons.
Sprouting FAQs
Sprouting FAQs: These questions and answers are offered as a resource for Buy Nothing groups going through the Sprouting process.
Sprout Process
Sprout Process: A road map for navigating the sprouting process.
Various Sprout Posts
Various Sprout Posts: Sample posts to utilize throughout the sprouting process

Safety & Physical Accessibility

Inclusivity Increases Safety
A Buy Nothing Participant Asks Her Community How To Make Their Gift Economy a Safer and More Inclusive Place for All, A Post by Laurel Lea

Social Justice & Equity

Racial Justice Resources
Buy Nothing Project Racial Justice Resources: We maintain a reading list for that is available for all of us and we welcome any additions you’d like to suggest. Please send your recommendations to [email protected]
White Flight
White Flight Notes: A longtime Buy Nothing volunteer shares their observations about white flight in neighborhood groups.
Neighbors Without Stable Housing
Including Our Neighbors Experiencing Housing Crises in Our Gifting Communities: “Creating an equitable gifting community that includes all of our neighbors will be possible when we choose to expand our viewpoint by learning about our neighbors with unconventional housing.”

Uncomfortable Conversations

Getting Comfortable With Feeling Uncomfortable
Feeling Uncomfortable And Why It’s Okay, by Jennifer Lansdowne: There is one gift that your participation in the Buy Nothing Project may bring you, whether you want it or not: The gift of feeling uncomfortable.

Buy Nothing Project Co-Founders' Creations

What to Share During a Pandemic
What to Share During a Pandemic – a poster for online sharing or printing.
Pandemic Survival Resources
Pandemic Survival Resources Template – a community mutual aid template that will help during any community disaster or emergency. Available as a Google Doc and a PDF.

Buy Nothing Reuse Store
Buy Nothing Reuse Store – Your Local Zero Waste Roadmap – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: We all know the 3 Rs, and some have more impact than others. Our personal favorite is: “Refuse,” meaning literally don’t buy it in the first place. After that, Reducing and Reusing is at the top of the list. This worksheet is a template that will help you to keep the materials that are in your community right there, and out of the landfill. Items can be reused by others who truly want them. This template is US-centric, if you’d like to create one that is more geared toward your country, we’d be happy to help you share it with the world via this Buy Nothing Public Library. Contact [email protected] if you have a roadmap to submit for this collection. 


Community Freesources
Community Freesources Template – This template holds a list of organizations, resources, and groups set up for the community that provide items and services for free. Some international Buy Nothing Project resources are already listed, just add your own local info.


Neighborhood Buddy System
Neighborhood Buddy System Template – This is a template form and spreadsheet your community can use to unite people in need of gifts of self with people who can provide these gifts. This is especially useful during times like, for example, a global pandemic, but it can be useful anytime to bring your community together to care for each other.


A Mothers Day Cookbook
Comfort & Love, A Crowd-Sourced Cookbook – This is a collection of family favorite comfort food recipes from Buy Nothing-ers around the world.

About the Buy Nothing Library

In our ongoing effort to provide open source materials for anyone endeavoring to build a local gift economy in their community, we’re building our own public library of resources, a curated collection of links for your needs.


Each one of these resources is written by someone who has thought deeply about the Buy Nothing experience or about gift economies in general and we see them as helpful guiding lights for anyone on a Buy Nothing journey toward equitable sharing.


Each author of these works maintains their own documents and edits them as they see fit. Some have Creative Commons licenses so you can use them within your own gift economy and/or share them widely with those in your circle who want to learn more about the mindset of abundance and inclusion we’re all working hard to seed.


If you have a question about any of these resources or how to use these tools to create or improve your Buy Nothing community, or if you have a resource you’d like to submit for possible inclusion in the Buy Nothing Public Library, you can reach the team of Volunteer Buy Nothing Librarians by visiting our Help Center.