A Tool Library loans specialized tools to community members with all skill levels welcomed. Over 40 tool libraries have been established in North America since 1979. Local tool libraries reduce the costs of improving and greening neighbourhoods, thereby transforming homes and community spaces into vibrant places that reflect a commitment to sustainability and environmental concern.
At the Toronto Tool Library, anyone with a membership can sign-out tools for both their home and community initiatives. Whether you are hanging a picture or renovating a community park, the Toronto Tool Library offers a rangeof equipment for your project as a low-cost, resource sharing and space-saving alternative to purchasing and owning tools. Non-profits and charities will also enjoy special membership rates. While there is a variety of workshops and youth programs to get training on using the tools.
Benefits of a Tool Library:
- Provides access to specialized tools where ownership of the tool is cost prohibitive
- Wide range of tools available including Power Generators, Construction & Renovation
- Gardening & Landscaping, Painting & Drywall, Electrical Tools and more!
- Operates on a non-profit basis and funds itself after the initial investment through membership fees / late fees / donations
- Helps reduce environmental waste and clutter in the home
- Provides home building workshops and training so users can improve their skills
Since opening in March 2013, the Toronto Tool Library space has opened two locations. Our west location can be found in the basement of our community partner, the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC), a registered charitable organization at 1499 Queen Street West. Our East location is at 1803 Danforth Avenue, just east of Coxwell, is also a 1900 sq. feet “Makerspace” for members to to create any project. Makerspace members get 24/7 access to our wood shop, as well as, high-tech items including our laser cutter and 3D printers.
The Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE), a registered Canadian non-profit, is responsible for the operations and management of the Toronto Tool Library.