Welcome to Oxford Sling Library's sling hire service!

We're still running a COVID-secure remote service at the moment:

  • You now book slings online (at least 3 days in advance)
  • You collect and drop-off your slings, contact-free, from our secure drop-box on Botley Road
  • All slings have a 72 hour ‘buffer’ before you collect them - during this time they're wrapped up with your name on (in 'quarantine’!)
  • 1:1 help is available via zoom: see our ‘Sling Clinic’ appointments available on our website
  • We're also running monthly antenatal Zoom workshops to help those preparing to carry - tell your pregnant friends!

We're just in the process of assessing how and when to return to ‘normal’ (all being well). Currently we're expecting to relax our protocols in June, and hoping to restart in-person group sessions from September 2021. 

How to hire

1. See what we've got

Browse our inventory of slings and choose what you'd like to borrow. If you're not sure, book a sling clinic appointment and we can discuss your needs in more detail and explore different options.

2. Get a free account

Click ‘Create account’ - top right of your screen - to get an account on our library management system. Agree to our membership agreement and privacy notice and our Hire terms and conditions (please read these carefully!)

3. Reserve what you want for how long you want it

Reserve up to three slings you want to borrow, selecting the start and end dates for your hire. You'll need to have a payment card saved to your account to be able to reserve a sling. The system ensures that there is at least three days between placing your reservation and your hire start date to allow us to 'quarantine' your slings.

Hires are initially for up to 2 weeks, and cost 50p a day per item, with maximum of 3 items out at any one time. You can renew online twice more, for a maximum hire of 6 weeks. 

4. Get a confirmation

Receive a confirmation email to confirm your hire with instructions to access our secure sling drop-box on Botley Road to pick up your slings.

5. Pick up your hires!

On the day your hire starts, you'll receive an email to confirm your slings are 'checked out'. This is when we take your payment (thank you!) and your slings are available in the drop-box on Botley Road for pick up.  If you'd like your slings to be posted out to you instead (£5 flat rate for P&P), then please drop Lucy an email (lucy@oxfordslinglibrary.co.uk).

At the end of your hire

Get a reminder and decide to return or renew

You'll automatically get an email reminder before your hires are due back.

You can choose to:

  • Return your hires in person or by post to the secure drop-box on Botley Road. Put the orange flag up to indicate incoming slings! (You can do this at any point, but you are not reimbursed for any hire period unused).
  • Renew your hires online, up to a maximum of six weeks. We're not able to offer continuous hires longer than this at present (however, you're welcome to hire a very similar sling in a different colour/model for a further period of six weeks if you'd like to!)