Paint brushes from a placemaking community project on Chebucto Lane, Summer 2013.

How many tools do you have?

Over 1690.

Where did they come from?

100% community donations.

Who can take out tools?

Anyone can become a member. A yearly membership costs $75 to ensure the Tool Library is accessible to everyone. Members can borrow any tool for free.

Do you rent or lend out tools?

We hope to never rent tools. Some tool libraries charge a small fee (in the $2-3 range) for especially large equipment, such as a table saw.

How do you keep track of tools and ensure they are returned?

We are using an open-source database software called My Turn which is specifically designed for tool libraries. Like a normal library, members must return tools in a set period of time or face late fees. If a member does not return an expensive tool, we can charge their credit card the cost of the tool or, worse comes to worse, call collections.

Can I borrow more than one tool at once?


Can I reserve tools?

Yes you can reserve tools online but only for several hours, which is long enough to come pick up a tool after work or make sure its not gone by the time you get here. However it’s generally first come, first served.

What happens if I damage a tool in use. Will I have to pay?

In extreme cases, members may be fined for damage to equipment. Members are not charged, however, for normal wear and tear.

What do you do with damaged tools?

Experienced volunteers fix and sharpen tools.

Are you insured?

Yes. Our insurance provider has insured other tool libraries in Canada. Members are required to sign waivers which have been vetted by a lawyer. We are lucky in that there are already tool libraries in Canada and North America whose legal policies we have learned from.