Almost every other major metropolitan area in Canada has had tool libraries for a while now. Edmonton just got its first one on January 14, 2017.
EDMONTON — Open from 1 pm to 5 pm every Saturday, Edmonton finally has a tool library of its own. The tool library, efficiently named Edmonton Tool Library, had its grand opening just one month ago, on January 14, 2017.
According to Edmonton Tool Library, the first North American tool libraries were created in the United States in the mid-70’s, with many new ones still being opened today. Calgary has had its own tool library for years, with Vancouver opening one up in 2011.
The library’s initial investment comes from a successfully funded crowdfunding campaign.
The tools are rented out on monthly and yearly membership fees.
Here’s Edmonton Tool Library’s mission verbatim:
To provide low-cost access to tools in an effort to promote home renovations, community beautification and making the best use of valuable resources. To educate and empower people in the safe use of tools, promote the sharing economy in Edmonton, and reduce environmental impact.Edmonton Tool Library
Situated at Bellevue Community Hall, 7308 112 Avenue in Edmonton, the individuals who started this up are always looking for hand and power tool donations. Please keep in mind that they do not accept gas powered tools, before showing up to their door with one.
THEY NEED HELP! Are you a passionate individual that would like to volunteer your time with running the shop and the organization? Edmonton Tool Library needs your help. If you’re interested, you can view more details here.
The photo used in the featured image is a shot of the Toronto Tool Library.
Support local! If you need tools, check them out!
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.