Why buy when you can share? At Edinburgh Tool Library you can borrow tools from our inventory of thousands of them. Don’t know how to use them? No problem! We bring members together to build and learn by sharing skills and knowledge.
How does the tool library work?
It’s easy. You’ll need proof of address, an email address, and photo ID.
Choose the tools you need for the job(s) in person or online.
Our friendly volunteers will welcome you to pick up the tools.
Take them back, clean and on time, ready for the next borrower.
Join in classes, open sessions or events. Volunteers are always welcome!
Making an impact
By borrowing tools rather than buying them we have saved households an incredible £1.5m. A worthwhile saving considering the average drill is used just 13 minutes in its lifetime!
We protect the environment too; buying these tools would mean an extra 180 tonnes of CO2 pollution, the equivalent of driving a car around the world 180 times!
We have delivered 100+ community projects which have provided opportunities for communities, particularly young people, elderly and minority groups, to come together with our volunteers and learn new life and employability skills.
Do you have tools to donate?
The Edinburgh Tool Library would love to give your tools a new home, allowing them to continue to give great service, this time to our members. There are a few restrictions, however, on what tools we accept. Please read our guidelines carefully. Thank you!
As Edinburgh continues to recover from the pandemic, explore new ways to tackle the climate emergency, and at the same time cope with the cost-of-living crisis, we are ramping up our efforts to help communities who need us the most. Support our vital community, outreach and environmental work today.
There are many ways to support us.
Have a browse through all the things we do
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Become a member today!
- Save money – Tools are expensive and not everyone can afford them. Whether you’ve got a shelf to put up, renovations to complete, or a space to transform, you will save money by borrowing tools from a tool library rather than buying tools yourself. In our first 5 years, we saved our members £875,000 compared to what they would have spent on the tools they borrowed.
- Save space – Using the tool library means you don’t need to worry about where to store tools you’ve bought.
- Be kind to the planet – If a drill is used for just 13 minutes of its lifetime and spends the rest of its time collecting dust somewhere, why not share it with your neighbours? By using less and sharing more, the Tool Library helps us all save on the packaging, water, fuel and rare earth minerals that go into producing each tool.
- Better communities! – When you become a member, you become part of a wider community. We run many workshops and programs to help people empower themselves with the knowledge they need to use tools themselves.