Ever Heard of a Tool Library?

April 19, 2013 | Alyson

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Now that Spring has finally arrived, many people are busy cleaning up their gardens, tuning up their bicycles and doing projects around the house.  There's an expression, "the right tool for the right job."  If you have a lot of jobs to do around the house and don't have the proper tools, the recently-opened Toronto Tool Library can help.

The Toronto tool library Toronto Tool Library is run by The Institute for a Resource-Based Economy,  a non-profit organization that helps communities share and access resources.

Tools can be very expensive to buy, and many people live in apartments and condominiums with no room to store large tools.   Members of the Tool Library can borrow power tools and hand tools for free.  Becoming a member means paying an annual fee of $50.  If you earn less than $40,000 per year, you pay less to join.  The Tool Library has rules for borrowing, and you can renew and place holds, just as you can for the materials at Toronto Public Library.

Soon the Tool Library will have workshops on how to use power and hand tools. But, you can learn now just by visiting your local Toronto Public Library branch.  Here are some titles to help you get started:


Tools a tool by tool guide                        Working with power tools

Tools: a tool by tool guide                             Working with power tools

Yes you can home repairs made easy                         Field guide to tools

Yes you can: home repairs made easy              Field guide to tools

How hard can it be                         Mini power tool handbook

       How hard can it be?                           The mini power tool handbook