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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 Sale: Will They or Won't They? The Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library Tool Sale guys, Ty & Jack, are planning to trot out another load of donated tools at bargain prices but have a wary eye on the weather. They have crossed fingers but Siri and the weather guessers posit precipitation with a likelihood of 70% for Saturday. The wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers, garden tools, saws (especially hacksaws), drills (corded and cordless)and boxes of other browse-able goodies don't do well in the wet, nor do Ty & Jack. If you happen to stop by and the guys aren't there, swing around to the front of the Temescal Branch and borrow a book -- real paper and all. Besides, it's always warm and dry up there. Oh, and if you've made it this far, consider donating any still useable (or even fixable) tools for the Friends to add to a future Tool Sale on some dry Saturday in the not too distant future. ... See MoreSee Less

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//Throwback to 2015 when the 43rd & 44th Street Community Garden borrowed some Tool Library gear to get their fencing and beds built. A few years later and that place is incredible! You can get gardening too! Come see us for tools! // #TBT #communitytools #DIY #oaklandDIY #communitygarden ... See MoreSee Less

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//Winter Native Plant Extravaganza! Plant those native plants! Our own local plants tend to be drought-tolerant and are a natural part of our local ecosystem. That's nothing but good news! The Native Plant Extravaganza is this Sunday, Feb 23, 2019, at several East Bay nurseries. Go get your unique and hard-to find plants along with info on how and when to plant them. Come see us for your garden tools! Link to details in bio.//@ The Watershed Nursery bringbackthenativesgardentour baynativeplants #baynatives #oaklandgardening #droughttolerant #communitytools #eastbaywilds #greenthumbworks @bringbackthenativesgardentour ... See MoreSee Less

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//You can check all the library policies at the oakland library website. Know before you go! Link in profile.// #oaklandtoollibrary #communitytools #diy #diygarden @oaklibrary http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/locations/tool-lending-library/tool-list-lending-guidelines ... See MoreSee Less

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//We have ladders, shovels, drills, hammers, and all kinds of things to help get you buttoned up tight! Come see us!// #diy #fixityourself #oaklandtoollibrary #communitytools ... See MoreSee Less

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