What is a Tool Library?

The Halifax Tool Library is a volunteer run, non-profit organization that loans tools to the community as a proud member of the sharing economy in Halifax. Our key mission is to get underused tools into the hands of people who need them. In order to make this happen we need energetic, engaged volunteers to do a variety of tasks from membership (customer) service to administration to library organization to tool maintenance and repair. We love what we do and the current corps of volunteers and our membership are DIY and sharing economy enthusiasts. The executive are constantly striving to make the volunteer experience at the HTL a fun and valuable way to share time and be social while doing an amazing thing for our community.

Where do we get our tools?

The majority of our tools comes from community donations, from people downsizing, moving, or cleaning up basements, sheds, and garages. Anything you want to donate?

Who can borrow tools?

Only HTL members can borrow tools. We offer individual and group memberships or why not give someone you love a one-of-a-kind gift that lasts all year long. Our annual membership is less than what most rental companies charge for a single tool you get unlimited access to our tools.

How do you track tool loans?

We use the MyTurn software platform specifically designed as a database for lending libraries. Like a normal library, members must return tools in a set period of time or incur late fees.

Can I borrow multiple tools at once?

Yes! Many projects require one or more tools. We only ask that you leave a few remaining tools on the shelf for other members to borrow.

Can I reserve a tool?

Yes, tools can be reserved but only the day of, so for example you could pick them up after work. Check our online inventory to see whats availible.

What happens if I damage a tool?

Normal wear and tear of tools is inevitable and we ask members to talk to us about their user experience with the tool when they return it. In extreme cases, members may be charged for damage to equipment. If you are at all unsure about how to safely operate of a tool, there is always a Tool Ninja at the HTL who can walk you through how to use it when you pick it up.

What do you do with broken and surplus tools?

 We have a Tool Hospital at the lending library where tools are cared for, fixed, cleaned, and sharpened by experienced volunteers to ensure you get a tool that is in working order. For excess tools we no longer need, we keep the best tools in inventory and in the HTL Work Shop, we keep other tools on hand to run workshops, and whatever remains we sell to find them new homes and generate revenue for our operations.

For tools that cannot be fixed, we use them for parts and salvage blades, gears, motors and more. We’re always looking for Tool Fixers if you’d like to help!


Are you insured?

Absolutely. Safety and injury prevention is our number one priority. Members are required to sign waivers and must be over the age of 18.