Today, we’ve officially kick-started our new crowdfund campaign: Keep the Tool Library Alive. This is a critical moment for the Tool Library and Sharing Depot. We need your help to keep our doors open!

Keep Sharing Alive in Toronto!

Over the last 5 years, we've transformed sharing in Toronto. With three physical locations, we've loaned over 65,000 items and become a local hub for swapping, repairing and learning. Help us keep Toronto a sharing and community driven city by keeping projects like ours alive >>> this video and tell us in the comments below: Why do you borrow?

Posted by Toronto Tool Library on Friday, January 26, 2018

(if the video is blurry, turn on HD – in bottom right corner of the video – or watch it online here)


2017 was a tough year, as a non-profit organization, we’ve been hit by several challenges:


  • Grants: We applied for several grants, but unfortunately weren’t successful last year. In fact, there are very few grants for non-profits that are not charities (which we’re not).
  • Permits: Unexpected City permitting issues have left us in a precarious situation with unavoidable costs.
  • Rent in Toronto is high (as we’re sure you know) and costs us almost $100,000 per year.
  • Basic Salaries total just $140,000 per year for our entire operating staff, including senior staff, program staff and Tool Ninjas, while supported by our network of volunteers!

Our goal of $35,000 will not only solve our financial crisis, but will keep our project growing. These funds will help renovate our East York location,  launch a new series of home improvement workshops such as basic tiling, plumbing and electrical, and expand our inventory across all three locations.

So we ask you – our supporters – to help keep the doors open! Just a $10 donation or more can go a long way in keeping our sharing project alive. Plus, we’ve got great rewards – from memberships, Valentines Dates and a draw to win a 1-year Makerspace membership.

Thank you!

Yes, I Want to Keep the Tool Library Alive!