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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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//Remember how I teased an Intro to Chainsaws seminar a few weeks ago? Well boom! It's on the calendar! Mike from @bayviewtree will be teaching and preaching at the Tool Library on Saturday, June 1st from 10:30-11:30. Mark your calendar!// #diy #borrowdontbuy #fixityourself #morelibrary #oaklandtoollibary #fixit ... See MoreSee Less

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//Flyers in the wild! You may see them around on community bulletin boards and in windows. We are reaching out to all Oaklanders! Tell your friends to follow us as we share more news and info!// #communitytools #oaklandtoollibrary #morelibrary #oaklibrary #diy ... See MoreSee Less

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//Wishing you could pick up tools after work hours? Well you are in luck! We (and all Oakland libraries) are expanding our hours! We will be open 6 days a week with evening hours (until 8pm) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Come see us!// #communitytools #diy Oakland Public Library #weloveoakland #buildityourself #oaklandtoollibrary ... See MoreSee Less

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//Don't fear the lead! Learn how to triumph over it! Peter Belanger is giving a seminar at the Tool Library on March 30 10a.m.-1p.m. He's got all the info about the tools and best practices so you can DIY your old home safely. No registration but we are limited to 25 people. Come join us!//

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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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