Join or start a tool library

Tool libraries offer access to a wide variety of specialty tools, recreation and outdoor equipment, kitchen gadgets, and more – without contributing to an individualist, wasteful and energy-intensive throwaway consumer economy. Tool libraries are also known as lending libraries or libraries of things.

Take action

  • Find a nearby tool library with Local Tools’ worldwide map Find Your Local Tool Lending Library.
  • Check your local public library: many host small libraries of things in addition to books.
  • Start a new tool library with Share Starter’s kit Start a Tool Library or Library of Things, with tools and templates for nonprofits, social ventures, and public libraries. 
  • If you have tools you rarely or no longer use, donate them to a local tool library.

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