[Tagging] Proposal - Library of things and Tool library

Bert -Araali- Van Opstal bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com
Sat Mar 20 09:38:29 UTC 2021

Hello All,

The fact that al these places are called "Library" proves that the term 
is more and more used to reflect the concept "loan at a general fee or 
for free". Not as such any more the origin of the semantics "Library" as 
for books alone.
In my experience this trend, of being libraries just places to read or 
loan books, changed already long time ago, as I remember from my youth 
some 35 years ago, I could go to the library to loan records, CD's etc...

So I would prefer to tag them all under one top-level tag. 
amenity=library. "A place where you can reference, loan or borrow items 
from a collection at a periodic fee or for free".

Please avoid attribution tags which contain the word "type", as this is 
already discouraged in the original proposal and description 

The current tagging scheme needs to be extended. So I would suggest 
introducing the collection=* key. This key can contain a non-exhaustive 
list of collections provided by the library.
So in this examples given this could be 
collection=toys;tools;bicylces;books;records etc....
For book libraries, or even other types of libraries, specialising in a 
certain theme, like topographic maps, archeological literature, 
periodics etc...
one could use collection:theme=*.

If we would follow such a tagging scheme mappers will be able to find 
all the institutions with the same concept, with the same attribution 
tags, under one top level key.  Please don't focus on semantics, we just 
use a common English word to refer to these amenities.


Bert Araali

On 20/03/2021 11:22, joost schouppe wrote:
> Hi,
> On the subject of libraries of various things, there's also "bicycle 
> libraries". I think the concept is actually a little closer to 
> "leasing at cost or almost free". For example you pay 10 euro yearly, 
> get a kiddy bike and switch it for a bigger bike as the kid grows. 
> There's a few mapped already following this de facto tag:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dbicycle_library 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dbicycle_library>
> I think it's not needed to push all these things that share the common 
> name library into the same data model, since all of them are really 
> their own thing. And it creates an artificial boundary between the 
> common name of the thing (library, library of things, bicycle library) 
> and the thing itself.
> Best,
> Joost
> Op vr 19 mrt. 2021 01:28 schreef Graeme Fitzpatrick 
> <graemefitz1 at gmail.com <mailto:graemefitz1 at gmail.com>>:
>     On Thu, 18 Mar 2021 at 21:45, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com
>     <mailto:pla16021 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         Rental may be free.  Or there's a refundable deposit.
>         Some charge a rental fee, some do not.  I would not be happy with
>         amenity=object_rental + fee=no.
>     A Tool Library (& that's what it's called!) that opened up near us
>     a year or two ago has the option of joining as a member at ~$20
>     p.a., with free loan of tools after that; but it's also open to
>     non-members at ~$30 each time they borrow something.
>     Thanks
>     Graeme
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