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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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/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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//I have an old snowboard I’ve been planning to recycle into something cool for years. A few weeks ago I thought “I should make a swing out of my old snowboard!” A quick internet search turned up a great skateboard swing DIY from @littlebitfunky (link in profile). This is a great jumping off point for some cools swings! Borrow a short list of tools from the Tool Library. Find an old skateboard or snowboard at @urbanore or @goodwill (or just use a piece of wood) and get going on a new swing for summer.// #backyarddiy #backyardfun #borrowdontbuy #buildfixcreate #diyoakland #diy #toollibraries #communitytools #kidfun #libraries #morelibrary #oaklibrary #oaklandtoollibrary #outdoordiy #summerfun #springprojects ... See MoreSee Less

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//Ever thought about building a kids’ climbing wall? I’ve been looking for a good how-to for a free-standing one and this tutorial from simpli.fied looks pretty perfect. I’d scrap the carpet in favor of paint and might use wood scraps for handholds (more budget friendly). What do you think? Ready to borrow some tools from the Oakland Tool Library and get building? Link in bio.// #oaklibrary #oaklandtoollibrary #buildfixcreate #diy #diyoakland #buildityourself #communitytools #homediy #morelibrary #oaklandtoollibrary #summerfun #springprojects #kidfun #eastbaykids #backyardfun #backyarddiy #outdoordiy ... See MoreSee Less

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