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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!

Tool sale Saturday 12/2 from 10am-2pm at the Temescal Library Branch, 52nd Street at Telegraph. Great deals on gently used tools, and all sales support the Oakland Tool Lending Library and the Friends’ free carpentry classes for kids and adults!#fotll #temescaldistrict #oaklandlibrary #toolsale #nonprofitfundraiser #diy #tooligans ... See MoreSee Less
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Ok, the Fiends are banished, but the tool sale is back on Saturday! 10am-2pm at 52nd street and Telegraph Ave. See you there for great deals on used tools, no tricks!#fotll #temescaldistrict #temescaldistrictoakland #oaklandlibrary #fopl #toolsale #oaklandfundraiser #tooligans ... See MoreSee Less
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Make-up Edition Tool Sale! Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 10am - 2pm at the Temescal Library Branch, 52nd & Telegraph.#fotll #toolsale #oaklandlibrary #fopl #tooligans #fundraiser #temescaldistrict ... See MoreSee Less
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The Tool Sale Returns! Saturday, September 2, 2023 from 10am - 2pm at the Temescal Library Branch, 52nd & Telegraph.#fotll #toolsale #oaklandlibrary #fopl #tooligans #fundraiser #temescaldistrict ... See MoreSee Less
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Darn it! We have had to cancel our Saturday 8/19/23 tool sale! But we will be back with great deals on lightly used tools on Saturday September 2. Can’t keep a Tooligans down!#toolsale #temescaldistrict #tooligans #fotll #nexttime #oaklandlibrary ... See MoreSee Less
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