Becoming a member saves you time and space whether you’re a master gardener, novice DIYer, expert tradesperson or simply looking to make a difference in your local community. It also means you can check out shared tools to use when you need them, rather than buying your own.

Already a member?

Regular Membership

For 1 year:
– have access to 1000+ tools: 10 at a time over 7 to 14 days
– have access to hundreds of open workshop hours
– enjoy 10% discount on our programme of classes
– be part of a community of makers and volunteers that are learning, building and creating a better, more sustainable Edinburgh!

The Tool Library offer 3 regular membership options.

Standard Membership

Concession Membership
The Tool Library is open to everyone. We offer a standard membership at concession price.
*Concession price is applicable if you are a student, receiving benefits, unemployed, or over the age of 60. Proof of eligibility where possible will be required when completing membership in person.

Pay-it-forward Membership
Purchase a standard membership for yourself and give a little extra to cover someone else’s membership.


It’s easy. All you need is an email, a photo ID* and an Official Letter** as proof of address.

You must activate your membership in person. You can do so at any of our borrowing or workshop sessions. Your membership will be activated, once you have:
– your personal info verified
– choose and paid the membership fees if applicable
– signed the user agreement and waiver of indemnification

If you don’t have any of the above,

just get in touch with us, and we’ll sort something out with you. We are not a faceless corporation, we are friendly volunteers, and we will always try to help.

*Photo ID – such as a driving licence, passport, bus pass or student card.

**Official Letter – A bank statement, HMRC letter, job centre letter, or utility bill – Dated within the last 6 months and with your current address.

Ready to start sharing?

1_ When creating your account today, confirm your email and personal details

2_ Decide which membership is for you

3_ then pick a date and time we’re open to activate your membership in person

4_ bring along the documents required: photo ID, proof of address and proof of eligibility for concession price

Have questions or want to see our opening hours? Find out more in our F.A.Q or contact us here.

Download our membership application & disclaimer form.
Reproduced below for reference purposes only. Thanks!

Rules to Live By

Tools in our inventory can only be used by Edinburgh Tool Library members.

Return tools, clean, on time, and ready for the next borrower.

Report any damage immediately. Borrowers are responsible for reporting damage they have caused. We won’t charge you for broken tools, but we do need you to tell us. And if you can, some sort of donations would be heartily welcomed.

If you feel compelled to return an item in better condition than when you borrowed the tool, we would love you forever.

Member Waiver of Indemnification

I, __________________________(print name), state that I am capable and experienced in using the tools I am borrowing, and that I will use the tools I am borrowing in a proper manner. I, __________________________(print name), do hereby for myself, on behalf of my successors and assigns, in consideration of being permitted to borrow tools, waive any and all claims against The Edinburgh Tool Library, its officers, agents, and employees for any injury or injuries of any nature that I may suffer or incur in the use of the tools that I am borrowing from The Edinburgh Tool Library. I, __________________________(print name), hereby for myself, on behalf of my successors and assigns, in consideration of being permitted to borrow tools, agree to release and indemnify and hold harmless Edinburgh Tool Library, its officers, agents, and employees from any and all liability, loss, claims, and demands, actions or causes of action for the death or injury to any persons and for any property damage suffered or incurred by any person which arises or may arise or be occasioned in any way from the use of tools I am borrowing from The Edinburgh Tool Library. I am aware that The Edinburgh Tool Library, its partners, directors, officers, members, and employees claim no expertise and make no representation concerning the fitness of any tool for any particular use. I affirm that the above information is current, true and correct and may be subject to verification. I further state that I have read and fully understand the rules and regulations of The Edinburgh Tool Library and I understand that failure to comply with any of these rules may result in revocation of my borrowing privileges and/or legal action against me. I have read and signed this Waiver and Indemnification form, relinquishing any and all claims against The Edinburgh Tool Library, its officers, agents, and employees.

Signature__________________________________________ Date: ____/_____/________

Name (print): _________________________________________________________

Please note that you can read and sign the latest version of the Member’s Agreement & Tool Use Policy directly online, on your Tool Library account, under ‘Agreements’. You can come, read and sign it at any of our locations if you prefer.

Last update: 2019-10-01