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Edinburgh Tool Library is the UK’s first tool library, promoting sharing as a way of reducing our environmental impact.
We lend our members tools for DIY, gardening, decorating and machine repair, so that they don’t need to own them. Not only does this collaborative approach make sense environmentally, it also helps our members financially.


The average power drill is used a total of 13 minutes in its lifetime

we don't all need to own one


The average UK household spends £110 a year on tools (Office of National Statistics, 2014)

annual membership to the tool library costs £20 (or less if you're skint!)


Being a member of ETL gives you access to over 500 tools

without the need to store them, maintain them, or buy them in the first place


Find out more

Hours of Operation - Weekly sessions

MONDAY
16:30 - 19:00

Portobello Library
14 Rosefield Avenue, EH15 1AU

Borrow, return and donate tools as well as signing up to become a member or find out more about volunteering.

TUESDAY
17:00 - 20:00

Custom Lane Workshop
1 Customs Wharf, EH6 6AL

On a Tuesday evening, members have access to our fully equipped woodworking workshop in Leith.

WEDNESDAY
17:00 - 20:00

Spey Street Lane
9 Spey Street Lane, EH7 4QB

Borrow, return and donate tools as well as signing up to become a member or find out more about volunteering.

THURSDAY
11:00 - 14:00

Porty Workshop
19 Windsor Pl, EH15 2AJ

Members have access to our brand new fully equipped woodworking workshop.

17:00 - 20:00

Porty Workshop
19 Windsor Pl, EH15 2AJ

Members have access to our brand new fully equipped woodworking workshop again in the evening.

SATURDAY
10:30 - 13:00

Leith Walk
Police Box, Croall Place, EH7 4LT

Bright and early on a Saturday morning, you can borrow and return tools at out Police Box on Leith Walk.

11:00 - 14:00

Porty Workshop
19 Windsor Pl, EH15 2AJ

On the morning, members have access to our fully equipped woodworking workshop in Portobello.

14:00 - 17:00

Custom Lane Workshop
1 Customs Wharf, EH6 6AL

On the afternoon, members have access to our fully equipped woodworking workshop in Leith.