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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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Help the Friends of the Tool Library by donating money for used tools. We'll have gardening, hand tools, and power tools. ... See MoreSee Less

Tool Sale

July 22, 2017, 10:30am - July 22, 2017, 1:00pm

Help the Friends of the Tool Library by donating money for used tools. We'll have gardening, hand tools, and power tools.

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Featured TLL user project:
"I recently borrowed a miter saw from the Tool Lending Library to cut the sections of a much needed handrail for my house. Thank you!"
- Darryl

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Featured TLL user project:
"We were super excited to find most of the tools we needed at the Oakland Tool Lending Library for our drywall project — we made great use of a chalkline, drywall T-square, screw gun, mixer, drywall knives and mud pan. Looking forward to having a finished garage ~ thank you TLL!"
Tim & Ellen
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Build a Birdhouse workshop (All Ages)!

July 15, 2017, 10:30am - July 15, 2017, 12:30pm

Build a birdhouse or birdfeeder to take home and safety tips in this fun beginner carpentry class! Please note: *Children must be accompanied by an adult *The class is limited to the first 25 peopl...

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