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trowelsThe Oakland Tool Lending Library – a branch of the Oakland Public Library system – has more than 3,500 tools that residents of Oakland, Emeryville and Piedmont can borrow for free with their library card. The TLL is staffed by library employees, and funded by the City of Oakland and property taxes from Measure Q.

Check out the tool inventory and a brief history of our TLL.

Sign Up to use the TLL – and start borrowing tools.

Support the TLL by joining the Friends of the Oakland TLL, a volunteer group that works with the TLL staff, library administration and Oakland residents to help make this magnificent public resource even better. You can also support the TLL by Donating Tools to be added to the TLL inventory or to be sold for a suggested donation at one of our Saturday tool sales. And Join Us by subscribing to updates (see sidebar) – it’s free, and we promise no more than one email per month!

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Come discuss ways we can support the community and the Tool Library. The library will be closed so please enter through the stairwell or elevator at the back of the building. ... See MoreSee Less

FOTLL February Meeting

February 22, 2018, 6:00pm - February 22, 2018, 7:30pm

Come discuss ways we can support the community and the Tool Library. The library will be closed so please enter through the stairwell or elevator at the back of the building.

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Come discuss ways we can support the community and the Tool Library. The library will be closed so please enter through the stairwell or elevator at the back of the building. ... See MoreSee Less

FOTLL Monthly Meeting

January 25, 2018, 6:00pm - January 25, 2018, 7:30pm

Come discuss ways we can support the community and the Tool Library. The library will be closed so please enter through the stairwell or elevator at the back of the building.

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LAST CHANCE (in 2017) to buy -- or just browse -- through hundreds of nifty donated tools being sold by the Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library (FOTLL). Funds support purchase of new tools, repair ("mending" in library parlance) of damaged tools, and underwriting of free workshops in everything from DIY electrical projects (coming Saturday, January 13) to the basics of seismic retrofitting (sorry, you missed it this time 'round) and the Wooden Toy Building Workshop (watch for it in March).

What kinds of tools, you ask? Thanks to a huge (make that "YUGE") donation from Ashley One and Ashley Two, there's a dandy 10" DeWalt table saw, an assortment of pneumatic nail guns from framing to finish, a 12" Porter Cable compound miter saw, a Rigid bench vise, Craftsman jig saw, several DeWalt cordless tools, a brand-new Rigid pipe cutter, a Craftsman work table, a tile saw, and much, much more.

Also on hand will be the usual collection of wrenches of every sort, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, tin snips, hatchets, saws, drills (including some vintage braces) and bits. Some gardening tools. Lots of tile and cement tools. A few mystery tools. And who knows what else might be donated between now and then.

A new feature: Looking for a special tool that isn't at the Tool Sale? Tell Ty or Jack and you'll be contacted when it comes in.
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Donated Tool Sale

December 30, 2017, 10:15am - December 30, 2017, 1:15pm

LAST CHANCE (in 2017) to buy -- or just browse -- through hundreds of nifty donated tools being sold by the Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library (FOTLL). Funds support purchase of new tools, r...

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