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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.  Meet some of our TLL staff members.

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.  Join us by signing up for updates – it’s free, and we promise no more than one email per month!

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Retrofit Workshop

September 23, 2017, 11:00am - September 24, 2017, 2:00pm

Learn basic retrofit techniques with Justin Brodowski, a former contractor turned engineer who specializes in earthquake retrofits of wood framed buildings. Justin will review common residential cons...

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September Meeting

September 21, 2017, 6:00pm - September 21, 2017, 7:30pm

The Friends of the Oakland Tool Library meets monthly to discuss and organize events, fundraisers, workshops, special projects, and other ways to support the Tool Library, patrons, and the community. ...

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The Friends of the Oakland Tool Library meets monthly to discuss and organize events, fundraisers, workshops, special projects, and other ways to support the Tool Library, patrons, and the community.

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September Meeting

September 21, 2017, 6:00pm - September 21, 2017, 7:30pm

The Friends of the Oakland Tool Library meets monthly to discuss and organize events, fundraisers, workshops, special projects, and other ways to support the Tool Library, patrons, and the community. ...

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This Saturday! ... See MoreSee Less

Retrofit Workshop

September 23, 2017, 11:00am - September 24, 2017, 2:00pm

Learn basic retrofit techniques with Justin Brodowski, a former contractor turned engineer who specializes in earthquake retrofits of wood framed buildings. Justin will review common residential cons...

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Tool Sale

September 2, 2017, 10:00am - November 11, 2017, 1:30pm

Tools, tools, tools. The Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library is selling tons (well, maybe hundreds and hundreds or pounds) of donated tools. Proceeds help OTLL buy more tools to loan free of...

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