Membership & Volunteer

Edinburgh Tool Library
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Not a member yet?

Becoming a member makes a difference in your local community, it saves you space and money and it’s easy. Read more below and get in touch if you have any questions.

ETL membership gives you:

  • access to 1,000+ tools
  • access to hundreds of open workshop hours
  • a 10% discount on our programme of classes
  • the chance to be part of a community of makers and volunteers that are learning, building and creating a better, more sustainable Edinburgh!

Membership options

The Tool Library offers 3 membership options.

Standard Membership

£30 per year

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Concession Membership

£10 per year
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 will be required when completing membership in person.

Pay-it-forward Membership

£40 per year
Purchase a standard membership for yourself and give a little extra to cover someone else’s membership.

Becoming a member

It’s easy. All you need is an email, a Photo ID*, and a Proof of Address**.

You create your account today online and then you 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:

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✔️ your personal info verified by a tool librarian

✔️ chosen and paid the membership fees as applicable

✔️ signed the user agreement and waiver of indemnification

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*Photo ID: a driving licence, passport, bus pass, or student card.

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**Proof of Address: a bank statement, HMRC letter, job centre letter, or utility bill, dated within the last 6 months and with your current address.

If you don’t have any of the above, this does not mean you can’t be a member!

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.

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Create your account

Follow these steps:

  1. When creating your account today, confirm your email and personal details
  2. Decide which membership is for you
  3. 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.

Click here to create your account

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


Volunteers make such a big impact and positive contribution to the work we do. Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to offer the breadth of services we do, or to train people with the skills that enable them to make what they want. And it gives our volunteers the chance to use their skills to make a difference.

Want to get involved? You don’t have to know everything, you just have to want to dedicate some of your time to the ETL community because you love being a part of it!

What do you get when you volunteer?

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We call our volunteers ‘Tooligans’ and there are loads of perks to being a Tooligan, from learning new skills to meeting and connecting with an amazing group of people.

  • Social events, friendship, and feeling a part of a community that is changing the world!
  • The opportunity to use your skills to help people and your local community.
  • The chance to learn new things like DIY, event planning, teaching, and specialist skills through the mentoring and training we offer.
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  • Recognition for the work that you do from a community who appreciates your input.
  • The ability to use our workshops for your own projects – you can learn how to use the equipment and volunteer to assist, but can also work on your own projects each week.
  • Be part of our Volunteer Assembly – each quarter, volunteers have the opportunity to direct where our resources go. Read more here.

Current volunteering opportunities

Below is a list of the some of the types of volunteering we have available.

If you have skills that you think we could use, but that don’t necessarily fit the roles below, please do still get in touch.

Tool Librarians

Tool librarians interact with members at the front desk, helping in person with tool check outs, renewals, and membership signups, and also work online via our database preparing and confirming tool reservations. We strive to create an inclusive space that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds and skill levels. No need to have experience with tools, but you should be passionate about our mission and values. We also have lots of tools (as you can expect), so there are a few regular “backstage” shifts to catalogue, organise and maintain our inventory. Shifts are three to four hours. Minimum of three shifts per month during operating hours: Wednesdays 1.30-4.30pm and 5-8pm, Fridays 1.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 10am-1.30pm in Leith and Thursdays 5-8pm, Fridays 1.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm in Portobello.

Events and Fundraising

We regularly require help representing ETL at local events like maker fairs, which we attend to promote our organisation, mission, and services. Duties vary, but include speaking with members of the public about ETL, setting up and taking down a stall and display, signing up new members and teaching/moderating small activities or workshops. You could also help plan or participate in fund-raising events, like stand up comedy nights, members talks, mad challenges, etc. We’re looking to recruit 4 to 6 volunteers to set up a committee that meets once a month to programme and plan ahead of fairs and events. This is a great way to get fully involved in our local community and the exciting opportunities it offers.

Tool Repair & Maintenance

Here at ETL we know better than most that the work and effort that goes on behind the curtains is just as important as the work that the outside world sees. We are looking for some enthusiastic volunteers to help us carry out the essential task of maintaining and repairing our tools and getting our amazing donations ready for the limelight! Shifts are two to three hours. Minimum of three (or more) shifts per month during operating hours: Wednesdays 1.30-4.30pm and 5-8pm, Fridays 1.30-4.30pm in Leith and Thursdays 5-8pm, Fridays 1.30-4.30pm, and Saturdays 11am-2pm in Portobello.

Workshop Safety

We hold open member sessions every week where people can come to make, repair, and learn new skills. Workshop volunteers create a welcoming and inclusive environment while making sure everyone is safe and supported. We are looking for people who have hands-on experience with all of our equipment, which includes the planer, chop saw, table saw, router table, etc., or who are extremely keen to learn! Shifts are three hours. Minimum of three (or more) shifts per month during operating hours: Tuesdays 5-8pm and Saturdays 2pm-5pm in Leith and Thursdays 5-8pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm in Portobello. This role requires significant expertise.

Social Media & Bloggers

The members and volunteers at ETL do great things! We want the world to know about everyone’s achievements and this role plays a key part in inspiring others to join the sharing revolution and do the same. We’re looking for volunteers with a passion for storytelling, writing, and sharing to post two blogs a month on how the ETL community is progressing and on our successes and stories. This is a totally variable time commitment, and much can be done from home.

If you can help or would like to suggest other ways to contribute, please get in touch via the form below!

Fill in our volunteer application form

Have questions beforehand? You can also email us at