Why own 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.
Opening Change for August 2022
Both workshops will be closed for upgrade. Weekly sessions and inductions as well as our programme of classes will be back in September. You can read more on our last newsletter.
Borrowing will be available from both Meadowbank and Porty tool libraries as per usual. You can find about the opening times on our Find Us page.
We continue to share tools and knowledge, but we know hard economic times are ahead for the voluntary sector and the rest of the country. Please consider adopting a tool to help secure our long-term future.
How does the tool library work?
As well as borrowing tools to use at home, members can access our workshops several times a week, usually evenings and weekends. We have two wood workshops in Leith and Portobello, two storage units, a pop up location and an electric van.
It’s easy. You’ll need proof of address, an email address, and photo ID.
Browse (and reserve if you want)
Pick tools and choose when you want them.
Our friendly volunteers will have them ready for you at the depot.
Take them back, clean and on time, ready for the next borrower.
Join in classes, open sessions or events. Volunteers are always welcome!
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Why buy when you can share?
The average cordless electric drill is used for just 13 minutes during its lifetime, yet most households own one and spend an average of £110 per year on DIY tools (Office of National Statistics). That’s a waste of money and waste of a tool.
We share tools in order to maximise the number of times each tool is used, reduce waste, and make access to tools affordable for everyone.
If we all share what we have to offer, we all become richer.
- 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.