Upper Norwood Library Hub

London, United Kingdom

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Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


Toaster being problematic? Mobile phone giving you grief? Blender driving you mad? Laptop playing up?

Bring it, we’ll help you fix it!

Free drop-in repair session for electrical goods (one electrical item per person, and no microwaves please!

A repair party is a place for people who like fixing or need things fixing – and together they work to bring poorly electronics back to life.

Disclaimer: We’re happy to help you learn how to repair. We are not repair professionals, and repair parties are a community self-repair space. Attending means that you take responsibility for your own gadget. Please back up your data.

Please note that if we’re too busy, we’ll stop accepting new fixes in the last hour (3-4pm) so please come as early as possible. 

For more details search for ‘Crystal Palace Fixers’ on Facebook, or see the Library of Things Events Calendar.

Brought to you by Crystal Palace Library of Things, Crystal Palace Transition Town and Upper Norwood Library Hub.

A big thank you to Veolia, the sponsor of the Crystal Palace Repair Programme 2020, for supporting us to bring people together and reduce waste in Palace.


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Upper Norwood Library, London, UK

About the group

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Crystal Palace Library of Things

Crystal Palace Library of Things is a friendly space where you can borrow useful Things at affordable prices for your home, projects and adventures.

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CO2 emission prevented

Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts


  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.


  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.