Tools + Equipment
A tool library is just like a regular library, except you can borrow tools instead of books. Tool libraries may be located in a shed, a regular library, a community centre or anywhere that can be accessed by the public.
Libraries vary in how they operate – they may be free to use, require an annual membership, or a gold coin donation per hire.
Why clutter up your shed, and spend money on rarely-used tools and equipment?
More broadly, a Library of Things could offer musical instruments, sports equipment, fashion and more to borrow:
If there isn't a tool library in your area, you could contact your local council or ask around at various community groups, or find others who are interested to start one in your community networks or on social media.
How to Start a Tool Library
Center for New American Dream Webinar
Guide to Starting a Lending Library
Tool Libraries in Australia (2003 study)
Brunswick, Melbourne (VIC)
Blue Mountains (NSW)
Marrickville, Sydney (NSW)
International Map of Tool Libraries
Toy Libraries enable children to access a wider range of toys and games, without the expense and storage space required as they get tired of, or outgrow them. Toy Libraries may be free to use, or require a gold coin donation to cover the cost of mending or replacing lost or broken toys.
How to Start a Toy Library
War on Waste - Toy Libraries
Sharing Resources for Parents and Carers
How to Start a Neighbourhood Childcare Co-operative
Big batch baking in a shared context that frees time up from cooking dinner every evening
Benefits of being a toy library member include saving money and space, and also reducing impact on the environment.