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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

Monday at Portobello Library from 17:00 to 20:00; Tuesday at Custom Lane Workshop from 17:00 to 20:00; Wednesday at Spey Street Lane Depot from 17:00 to 20:00; Saturday at Leith Walk Police Box from 9:00 to 13:00; Saturday at Custom Lane Workshop from 14:00 to 17:00