How-To Instructions for Lending Library

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The Lending Library is a pilot project intended to empower the Friends of Fish Creek volunteers. We hope by making equipment and literary items available that it will encourage volunteers to try new activities or learn more about the natural world!

This guide was created to ensure that you can easily check-out any items that are in stock. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact either Julia at or Emma at

Step 1: Review the Library

All of the equipment we currently have for the lending library can be viewed here.

If looking to borrow equipment from the lending library, please review the user guides for each item.

Current User Guides Available:

Step 2: Check the Booking’s Calendar and book the item!

Once you have found something that you would like to use, check the Bookings Calendar to make sure that this item is available.

  1. Select Item (service)
    • The service shows the quantity of items available.
    • Select which piece of equipment you would like to borrow.
  2. Select Date & Time
    • Select the date and time you would like to pick the equipment up.
  3. Add Your Details
    • Please add your name and email so we can contact you to confirm the duration of the equipment you are borrowing. Make sure to use the same email that you use on your MyImpact
  4. Book!

Step 3: Fill out the lending contract

After you have booked the equipment or item that you would like to use, please fill out the lending contract found here.

The Friends of Fish Creek staff will send a confirmation email to confirm the date, time, and duration.

If the item booked has not had a lending contract filled out prior to the proposed pick up time, the booking will be canceled.

Step 4: Equipment Pick Up

The equipment is in the Visitor’s Centre. Therefore, access to this equipment will be dependent on the visitor centre hours.

When picking up the equipment, please complete the following:

  1. Use the lock combination provided to you via email
    • If you are having trouble finding the combination to the lock, please contact the Friends of Fish Creek staff.
  2. Obtain the equipment and complete the Equipment Check (Out) Form
    • This form will walk you through what to check to ensure the equipment is in good working condition. Please note if there is anything damaged so the Friends of Fish Creek staff are aware it did not occur during your booked time.

Although the equipment has been wiped down after each use, feel free to use the provided disinfectant wipes.

Step 5: Have fun!

As stated in the lending contract, if you are using this equipment within Alberta Provincial Parks please ensure you are following the regulations. The legislation and regulations can be found here, with a more general guide being found here.

If you are not using the equipment in provincial parks, please ensure you follow the seven principles of “Leave No Trace”.

Step 6: Equipment Drop Off

When dropping off the equipment, please complete the following:

  1. Complete the Equipment Check (In) Form
  2. Cleaning Protocol
    • As per the instructions provided, use the disinfectant wipes to completely wipe down the entirety of the equipment, pocket guides, and/or maps.
      • Place any literary material that is not laminated into the labeled isolation bin.