Correction: A previous version of this article said the AED was available to rent. It is actually available to borrow free of charge from the library.

The Library of Things at the Grande Prairie Public Library now has a piece of lifesaving equipment for people to borrow. Regional EMS Foundation has donated an automated external defibrillator to the library as part of the AED for LIFE campaign.

“We are continually looking for spaces to place AEDs where they have the most impact. The Library of Things is a
way to get a high-end life-saving piece of equipment to large public groups that until now would not have had access,” says Board Chair Cheryl Weaver.

The Library of Things program officially started on June 13th and lets people borrow items they only need to use once or items they want to try before they buy.

The Regional EMS Foundation has also donated AED units to other locations including at Whispering Ridge School and Wild Rose Manor. The one available at the Library of Things can be placed on hold by visiting the item catalogue at gppl.ca and searching “Zoll AED.”