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!

Wow! TLL patron Nicolás used tools from the collection to build a boat! Want to share your project with us? Email a description and photo to oaklandtoollibrary@gmail.com. Keep on building!

"I’ve been meaning to share this project with the Tool Lending Library because thanks to you all I only bought three tools for my project (all of which I bought before learning about the tool library!). Here’s the description and photo:

Last summer I made a small sailboat in my garage using the library’s many many clamps, scrapers, squares, drill bits/drills and the single most important and frequently checked out item: a random orbital sander.

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Tool Lending Library hours will be expanding next week! Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-1pm, call (510) 597-5089 to reserve your tool for curbside pickup! And let us know what you are building! ... See MoreSee Less

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