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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.

Search the library catalog for tools and check out 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!

3 weeks ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
Back to Tool Sale, Saturday September 4, 10am-2pm! 52nd and Telegraph, Oakland, in the lawn of the Oakland Tool Lending Library!#tools #toolsale #oaklandlibrary #diyprojects #library ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
Tool Sale: Back Again (and again, and again...)The Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library's perennially popular Tool Sale returns this Saturday, August 21, on its new first and third Saturday of every month when the weather is good. Lots of tool-ish bargains on the Temescal Branch Library's lawn. Browse tables full of hand tools, power tools (both corded and cordless), toolboxes filled with loose sockets, end and box wrenches, a big bin of screwdrivers, and some garden tools. Paint sprayers? There are three or four (although you'll need an appointment to view to commercial airless sprayer that's too big to lug around). Lawn mowers? There's a clean Craftsman push mower ready to take on your grass. Pipe and tubing benders? Of course. Mystery tools? More than a few. FOTLL's famous $5 t-shirts? Select sizes, including youth and toddler (Get 'em young and raise 'em right!) Come on down!Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Temescal Branch Library, 5205 Telegraph Ave at 52nd St., Oakland. (More on FOTLL at FOTLL.org) ... See MoreSee Less
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Tool Sale: Back Again (and again, and again...)The Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library's perennially popular Tool Sale returns this Saturday, August 21, on its new first and third Saturday of every month when the weather is good. Lots of tool-ish bargains on the Temescal Branch Library's lawn. Browse tables full of hand tools, power tools (both corded and cordless), toolboxes filled with loose sockets, end and box wrenches, a big bin of screwdrivers, and some garden tools. Paint sprayers? There are three or four (although you'll need an appointment to view to commercial airless sprayer that's too big to lug around). Lawn mowers? There's a clean Craftsman push mower ready to take on your grass. Pipe and tubing benders? Of course. Mystery tools? More than a few. FOTLL's famous $5 t-shirts? Select sizes, including youth and toddler (Get 'em young and raise 'em right!) Come on down!Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Temescal Branch Library, 5205 Telegraph Ave at 52nd St., Oakland. (More on FOTLL at www.FOTLL.org) ... See MoreSee Less
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