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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. Sales take place the first and third Saturday of every month, on the lawn of the TLL.

And Join Us by subscribing to updates (see sidebar) – it’s free, and we promise no more than one email per month!

1 week ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
Fun day at the Main Library with the Jr Carpenters’ Club! Two more weeks, two more projects: birdhouses on Monday 11/28 from 3-5pm and treasure boxes on Monday 12/5 from 3-5pm. Join in on the fun!#jrcarpenter #fotll #oaklandlibrary #buildstuff #carpentryskills #carpentry #publiclibraries #oaklandtoollibrary ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
The Tool Sale Returneth! Saturday, November 19 from 10am - 2pm, on the Temescal Branch lawn. Power tools, hand tools, woodworking tools, garden tools…and Tooligans to answer all your tool buying questions. See you there! #toolsale #fundraiser #fotll #oaklandlibrary #cityofoakland #makestuff #buysecondhand #reuse #tooligans #toollibrary #toollendinglibrary ... See MoreSee Less
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Great day today with the Junior Carpenters at 81st Avenue Community Library ! ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
What sorts of tools will grace this Saturday's Tool Sale? More hammers than usual: rip, claw, ball peen, rubber mallet and sledge. More screwdrivers than usual (as hard to believe as that is). More wrenches than usual: pipe, adjustable, box, end, spud, sockets and ratchets, monkey, basin, Allen (also called "hex"), and specialty. Drills of the corded and cordless varieties (including five vintage braces and a like-new Craftsman 19.2 volt with canvas bag) and bits (twist, spade, adjustable, concrete and auger). Pad, belt and orbital sanders. Cement and drywall tools. Garden tools including shovels, spades, rakes, pole pruners, trowels, an oscillating sprinkler, hose nozzle and chain saws (both corded and gas). There may still be a bottle jack or two. There are circular saws, hand saws, hacksaws, and circular saw blades. There's at least one jigsaw and a passel of blades. Not on display but available for private viewing (in the Too Big & Bulky to Cart Around category) a 10" Craftsman Table saw with stand and table extensions, a commercial airless paint sprayer, a gas-powered cultivator, several aluminum extension ladders, a bench grinder, a lawn fertilizer spreader, a 10" Craftsman radial arm saw, a tile saw (or two), and more. #toolsale #temescaloakland #oaklandlibrary #temescallibrary #diytools ... See MoreSee Less
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