Simply put, a tool library is a place where you can borrow tools instead of books.
Tool libraries evolved because people wanted to pool resources in a way that would benefit the environment and save space and money – rather than every household owning its own dust-covered drill for that once-a-year job or keeping that pasta maker received as a wedding gift that may never be removed from the box.
The Ottawa Tool Library offers four categories of tools: Hand Tools / Power Tools / Garden Tools and Kitchen Tools. Wanting to tackle a practical or creative project is one thing, but if you don’t even know where to begin it can seem daunting. Have no fear – the OTL offers workshops and classes for all skill levels. And with limited space for many urban dwellers, there isn’t likely unused space in your condo or apartment. Again, have no fear – OTL wants to offer open make space where you can work alongside other makers, artists, builders or hobbyists and see your imagination come to life.