The following are answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. For more information about memberships, check out the Benefits & Fees page OR read about the rules and regulations with our Borrowing Policy.


Who can use TTL tools?

Our tools may only be used by members who are 18 years of age or older, and have paid any outstanding late fees. For liability reasons, members agree not to permit the use of tools checked out by him/her to any other person.

 

What is the Loan Period &  Late Fees? 

Tools may be borrowed from 3-7 days depending on the type of membership however members are encouraged to return tools as soon as they are finished using them. Late fines of $2-5/day for power tools and $1/day for hand tools apply to any tool returned past its due date.   To avoid late fines, please follow the borrowing schedule below: 

 

WEST END LOCATION           EAST END LOCATION

                  Borrow on a Return on a
                  Tuesday Saturday
                  Thursday Sunday
                  Saturday Tuesday
                  Sunday Thursday
                           Borrow on a Return on a
                           Wednesday Saturday
                           Thursday Sunday
                           Fri/Sat/Sun Wednesday

 

Can I put a Tool on Hold?  

Yes! In-stock tools may be put on hold, by telephone or in person, on the same day of checkout. Holds will not be administered via email or through the MyTurn software.

 

Can I renew a loaned out Tool? 

Renewals will no longer be available on loans. This policy change is to ensure consistent borrowing practices and tool availability for all members.  Late fees will apply to overdue items.

 

What about Batteries for electric tools? 

We cannot guarantee that rechargeable batteries (on saws, drills, etc) will be fully charged when tools are loaned out. Likewise, members are not expected to return tools with fully charged batteries. This policy is in place to extend the life of our batteries by ensuring that they are not being over-charged.

 

What about Tool Loss, Damage, or Wear and Tear? 

Before borrowing and returning tools, the Tool Library volunteers/staff inspect tools for safety hazards and any damage. All tools are to be returned clean and in the same condition as they were issued, barring normal wear and tear. Members will be charged for any damages beyond normal wear and tear, or the loss of an item.

 

Have More Questions?

Please contact us at contact@irbe.org for any further clarification questions.