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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.

Search the library catalog for tools and check out 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!

1 month ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
Tool sale Saturday 4/16 from10am-2pm at 52nd Street and Telegraph! Fotll.org#toolsale #oaklandpubliclibrary #toollibrary #diy #oakland ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
Tool Sale Saturday, 10am-2pm, on the lawn of the @oaklibrary Temescal Branch, 52nd Street and Telegraph. Great deals on power and hand tools. See you there!#toollibrary #temescaloakland #toolsale #oakland ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
Saturday’s tool sale will be rained out! 🙁 see you the first Saturday of April! #toolsale #oaklandpubliclibrary #temescal ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
Tool sale Saturday 3/5 from 10am-2pm, 52nd and Telegraph in Oakland. See you there!#diyprojects #oakland #tools #temescaloakland ... See MoreSee Less
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Don't know whose idea it was or what they had in mind when they created it but Friday, March 11 is "Worship of Tools Day." Are there other tool-ish holidays coming up? If you know of any, jot a note to the Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library so we can celebrate it, too... ... See MoreSee Less
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