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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 £30 (or less if you’re skint!)

Being a member of ETL gives you access to over 1000 tools
without the need to store, maintain, or buy them in the first place


Being a conscious consumer at Christmas is pretty tricky. You want to give a gift that someone will love, but you don’t want to hurt the planet. Luckily, we have the answer! You can now buy Tool Library gift cards. And if you need a card to put your gift in, pop in to one of our workshops and grab one. The Edinburgh Tool Library is a charity, and all proceeds go to keeping the lights on!



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

Leith borrowing sessions
Wednesday 17:00 – 20:00
> Find us at the depot at 9 Spey Street Lane [map]
Saturday 10:30 – 13:00
> Find us at the Leith Walk Police Box [map]

Portobello borrowing sessions
Thursday 17:00 – 20:00
Saturday 11:00 – 14:00
> Find us at 19 Windsor Place [map]

Easy Sharing in West Edinburgh on Fridays
Pilot project for summer 2019. Tool reservation and delivery to four centres in West Edinburgh every Friday:
Broomhouse Centre, 10:00 – 11:00
WHALE Arts, 11:30 – 12:30
NEArts Shed, 13:30 – 14:30
Granton:hub, 15:15 – 16:15
More info here:



Use machinery, tools and workbenches, become a member, learn new skills.

Leith workshop
Tuesday 17:00 – 20:00
Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
> Find us at 1 Customs Wharf [map]

Porty workshop
Thursday 17:00 – 20:00
Saturday 11:00 – 14:00
> Find us at 19 Windsor Place [map]


Every tool has a use. So avoid throwing out well-made tools that have been built to last a lifetime – give them to us here at the Edinburgh Tool Library. Our success depends on having good quality tools for members to borrow. We are always open to new donations of good quality tools.


We run guided workshops for our members on basic woodworking, tool maintenance, bike repair and more. You will find details on all the workshops on our eventbrite page. Follow this page to receive notifications of upcoming workshops and be the first to sign up or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter!


Come and help Edinburgh make the most of its Tool Library! There are many different ways to get involved from the day-to-day running of the Tool Library to mentoring, events, fundraising, community builds. Find out more by clicking below.