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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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Another cool project from Tool Library patron Binky, who used a drill and metal bits to turn coffee cans into flower pots. ... See MoreSee Less

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Calling all DIY MacGyvers!
Do you like to make or fix things with tools? Do you want to know more about the Oakland Tool Lending Library? Then join our friends group for a casual social event.

When: 6:00pm, September 20th
Where: Temescal Branch, Community Room
Who: Makers, Fixer-uppers, DIY Enthusiasts, Everyone is Welcome!Do you like to make or fix things with tools? Do you want to know more about the Oakland Tool Lending Library? Then join our friends group for a casual socia...
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Library patron Tucker constructed these foot pedals (To help ward off RSI (repetitive stress injury) at the keyboard) using clothespins, some wood & metal scraps, a makeymakey circuit board, and a bunch of tools from the library. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library

Check out patron Binky's cool cat project, made with tools from the Library. Her cat will be riding in style!

Cat Shelf Project
The cat shelf I built attaches to the cat backpack I bought. And allows my cat to rest at my shoulders while going on walks.

Materials:
5 dowels
a wood block
an old skirt
Cardboard

Tools:
Staple tacker
1/2” drill and bits
Hand saw
Miter box
Wood glue
Yarn
Jewelry wire

It took about 4 hours total.
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