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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!

3 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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4 months ago

Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library
The Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library Tool Sale is back after a brief hiatus and, true to its tradition, the tables (and lawn) are overflowing with a bounty of donated tools at bargain prices. Temescal Branch Library, 5205 Telegraph Ave. at 52nd St., 10 a.m.-2-ish p.m. on Saturday 6/4#oakland #oaklandlibrary #temescaloakland #toolsale #diyhomeprojects ... See MoreSee Less
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Tool Sale Saturday 6/4, 10am - 2pm!The Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library Tool Sale is back after a brief hiatus and, true to its tradition, the tables (and lawn) are overflowing with a bounty of donated tools at bargain prices. Temescal Branch Library, 5205 Telegraph Ave. at 52nd St., 10 a.m.-2-ish p.m. on the first and third Saturday each month. (Next Tool Sale is this Saturday, June 4) Need a screwdriver? Choose a plain one from the 75-pound bin for $1.25 -- or five for $5. Shovels or rakes? Grab 'em while they're there for only $3 each. Push lawn mowers starting at $10 for a very nice vintage machine. Wrenches? Pipe, monkey, spud, spanner, box, adjustable, ratchet, Allen, and more, all priced to go. Sockets? Bins full of both metric and standard. Hand saws such as crosscut, hack and mini-hack, coping, drywall, keyhole, pruning and the like. Corded circular saws and boxes of blades. A vintage Craftsman 10" table saw with fence, rip guide, owner-made sled, and table extensions (all too heavy to haul but available for viewing by appointment). A heavy-duty shaper (also too heavy to haul but available by appointment). Vintage Craftsman radial arm saw (Ibid). Multiple corded weed whackers/string trimmers. Shovels. Rakes. Loppers. Pole pruners. Corded compound miter saws. Corded drills and lots of bits. Some hammers, including heavy sledges. Might have some free incandescent bulbs again. Miscellaneous nails. nuts, bolts and screws, also for free. And toolboxes. And ammo boxes. And so much other stuff you have to see it to believe it. (More about the folks behind this and how the proceeds are poured back into the community at www.FOTLL.org). AND if you already have too many tools, let us know and we can lighten your load: FriendsoftheOaklandTLL@gmail.com ... See MoreSee Less
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The Friends of the Oakland Tool Library's world famous Tool Sale is back for its Third Saturday of the month appearance. Spread across the Temescal Branch Library's lawn -- and also neatly arrange on tables -- will be the usual huge collection of donated tools. Need a screwdriver? Find your favorite in the 65-pound bin of screwdrivers. Need to replace a lost socket (or a whole set)? There are so many sockets (standard and metric) that they've overflowed to a second bin. Wrenches? Again, bins full -- including Allens, ratchet, pipe, monkey, spud and basin. Hammers? Not too many but there are some claw and rip a few sledges, maybe a ball peen, Pliers, crimpers and cutters. Tool Boxes (both metal and plastic). Water and airtight ammo boxes for tool storage. Corded and cordless drills. Boxes of bits. Almost new Turtle Wax car buffer. Belt and pad sanders. Pipe threaders and cutters. Small number of loose taps and dies. Cement and drywall tools. Circular saws and tons of blades. Hand saws. Some garden tools. Pole saws, lopers, pruning saw, trowels. Five or six gas chainsaws and maybe a corded one. Couple shovels and rakes. Too big, bulky or heavy to drag to the Tool Sale but let us know if you'd like to see: Craftsman 10" table saw with table extensions, stand, fence and user-made sled. Craftsman 10" radial arm saw. Commercial airless paint sprayer. Two vacuum pumps. Shop vacs. Three gas-powered weed/brush cutters. Lawn fertilizer spreader.We've been promised a stand drill press. More? Just ask. You never know. ... See MoreSee Less
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