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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.

Attend a Free Workshop at the TLL and grow your DIY skills.

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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Tool Lending Library hours will be expanding next week! Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-1pm, call (510) 597-5089 to reserve your tool for curbside pickup! And let us know what you are building! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Oakland Tool Lending Library will have tools available for pickup starting later this week! ... See MoreSee Less

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/As Jack says, “Everyone really, really, REALLY needs a $5 bargain-priced artisanal, hand-screened, professionally designed, almost unique and one-of-a-kind-if-there-weren’t-so-many-others, collectors’ item t-shirt that are sure to increase in value at some point in the coming millennia. What a great way to support the Tool Library! Get yours at a workshop, a tool sale, or at the Tool Library front desk!// ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out Daniel's project - converting an ambulance into a camper! Very cool use of TLL resources! ... See MoreSee Less

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//You may be 1 hour away from a new coffee table! Ok making a stuff out of pallets has been a trend for awhile now. For good reason: they are free! You can’t hate free! The always awesome @instructables has easy instructions from Trevor_DIY for a pallet coffee table for your inside or your outside. Borrow a few tools from the Tool Library, find a discarded pallet and get going. // #backyarddiy #buildfixcreate #buildfixcreate #buildityourself #communitytools #diyoakland #homediy #morelibrary #oaklibrary #oaklandtoollibrary #outdoordiy #diy ... See MoreSee Less

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