A tool library allows patrons to check out or borrow tools, equipment, and "how to" instructional materials, functioning either as a rental shop (with a charge for borrowing the tools), or more commonly free of charge as a form of community sharing. A tool library performs three main tasks:
- Lending: all kinds of tools for use in volunteer projects, facility maintenance and improvement projects, community improvement events, and special events
- Advocacy: for he complete and timely return of all borrowed tools, to guarantee the long-term sustainability of available inventory
- Maintenance: performing routine maintenance and repairs on all equipment to ensure good condition and to extend the lifespan of the inventory
You may look for a local tool lending library HERE.
For information on the tool lending library that has been set up as a collaboration between Zero Waste Washington and the City of Federal Way, click HERE.
You may find information on how to start your own tool lending library HERE.