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Becoming a member saves you time and space, whether you’re a master gardener, novice DIYer, expert tradesperson or simply someone 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.
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!
The Tool Library offers 3 membership options.
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.
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
✔️ chosen and paid the membership fees as applicable
✔️ signed the user agreement and waiver of indemnification
Ready to start sharing?
- When creating your account today, confirm your email and personal details.
- Decide which membership is for you.
- Pick a date and time we’re open to activate your membership in person.
- Bring along the documents required: photo ID, proof of address, and proof of eligibility for concession price.
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.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN’T BE A MEMBER.
*Photo ID: 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.
Volunteers make 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?
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.
- 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. One recent project made an outdoor classroom for Balgreen Primary School!
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. The application form is right at the bottom of this page ⬇️
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.
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!
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