Since its creation in 2012, the Tool
Library has been on a mission to explore the benefits of
sharing resources and skills. Part of a broader tool sharing
movement, 40 other tool libraries have been founded across
North America since 2012. TTL is a non-profit
organization, consisting of a small staff and much larger
community of volunteers and supporters.
TTL provides the structure to share
as a community, helping members learn the skills needed to
complete projects. In addition, the organization provides
assistance and cooperation with other community
organizations like StopGap, the Alzheimer's Society of
Toronto, and the Center for Social Innovation.
Our mission is to discover and share information on how communities anywhere can participate in the sharing economy.
How does the Tool Library operate?
The Toronto Tool Library was started as a project of the charity organisation IRBE. In 2018 it achieved it's own status as a nonprofit organisation. It has a board of directors, and two staff, assisted by a community of volunteers and supporters.
TTL is funded primarily by member fees, sale of eco-friendly products and used tools.