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.
Tool Library Questions:
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.
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 are only available for High-Five Members. One renewal per item is permitted after which late fees will apply. For other members, or after the first renewal for High-Five Members, tools can be returned and similar (but not identical) tools can be borrowed instead. For example, a specific Ryobi power drill cannot be renewed however if a different power drill is available, it can be borrowed instead.
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.
What kind of donations do you accept?
We accept a wide range of items that are typically only used a few times per year. These range from all kids of tools and camping equipment to board games and party supplies. All items should be complete, in working condition and be portable (as in one average person can pick up the item without much strain). If you have items that fit this criteria or have more questions, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sending pictures of your items helps a great deal.
Can I be a member for just one month? What if I want a break from my membership?
No problem! Memberships can be started and stopped at any time, just let us know before the new month begins and we can put your membership on hold. Initiation fees only need to be paid once.
Can I bring my own tools to the Makerspace?
Sure! Please be aware that we cannot take responsibility for any outside tools though. If you leave your tools there they may be used by other members or may disappear completely. Large tools cannot be stored at the Makerspace. Please contact Kevin for specific questions: Kevin@TorontoToolLibrary.com
Do you have a Makerspace at all of your locations?
No. We only have a Makerspace at our 1803 Danforth location. If you are looking for a Makerspace closer to home please visit here: http://www.blogto.com/arts/2016/06/the_top_23_makerspaces_in_toronto_by_neighbourhood/
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