Up and down the Left Coast, cities and communities are creating lending libraries—for kitchen tools, construction, landscaping, and more.
Think of it: No longer does every household on the block need a complete set of tools for maintenance and repair! Amazing.
Does your city or community have a tool library? No? Start one! The following Left Coast communities have established tool libraries.
- Berkeley – Berkeley Public Library’s Tool Lending Library
- Oakland – Oakland Public Library’s Temescal Tool Lending Library
- San Francisco – San Francisco Tool Lending Center (recently re-opened, check site for more information)
- Santa Clara – Silicon Valley Power Tool Lending Library (energy-related only)
- Sonoma County (Santa Rosa) – Santa Rosa Tool Library
- San Francisco – PG&E Pacific Energy Center Tool Lending Library (commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects)
- North Portland – North Portland Tool Library
- Hands on Greater Portland – Hands on Greater Portland (only non-profits can borrow tools)
- Northeast Portland – Northeast Portland Tool Library
- Southeast Portland Tool Library – Southeast Portland Tool Library
- Kitchen Share Southeast – Southeast Portland *Kitchen* Tools Library
- Green Lents Community Tool Library -Lents and adjacent neighborhoods
- North Seattle – Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Tool Lending Library
- West Seattle – The West Seattle Tool Library
- Northeast Seattle – Northeast Seattle Tool Library
- Vancouver – Vancouver Tool Library: home repair, gardening/landscaping, and bike maintenance tools