Domestication: Toronto Gets Some DIY Help With Tool Library

ci-tool4As a new home owner, I don’t own or have access to all the tools needed to get everything done in my new place. I have to borrow tools like drills from friends and family and use them for just a couple minutes total to pop a few holes in walls so buying them for myself does not make sense.

logo2Now, there is a solution to get the tools you need without having to beg friend / family to borrow them or pay loads of cash for them – introducing Toronto’s first Tool Library in Parkdale. Ryan Dyment and Lawrence Alvarez are bringing the concept to Toronto basing it on existing tool libraries in Vancouver, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Portland. The tool library works like a regular book library but loan specialized tools to members who are interested in repair, maintenance and building projects. The membership fees are low with a yearly membership maxing out at $50 per year and it reduced if your income is below $40,000 per year. Here is an interesting stat to show the value of the Tool Library – an average power drill is used for just 12-13 minutes in its lifetime! Other tools like a drill are perfect examples of products that have limited usage and do not need to be owned.

Here is a little Hammer for you to keep you occupied until you can borrow a hammer from the Tool Library.

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The Tool Library will be located in the basement of the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) at 1499 Queen Street West and is set to open in early 2013.

For more information or to make a donation to the Tool Library, visit

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