Our amazing Tool Lending Library has gotten a little bit of well-deserved attention lately. The Washington Post published a great article about libraries across the country lending things other than books, and included Oakland Public Library.
From the article:
“We can’t be everything to everyone, but we can provide a lot of opportunities to people to try out new things,” Choate said.
That’s exactly what happened at the Oakland library following a 1991 firestorm that ravaged the Oakland Hills section of the San Francisco Bay area, destroying 3,000 homes and killing 25 people.
The library’s Temescal branch established a small Home Resources Collection to help residents with their rebuilding and repair projects following this disaster.
A tool-lending library was considered as an extension of those efforts and was launched in 2000 thanks to seed money from a community development block grant.
Of the 5,000 tools available to patrons, the most popular items by far are the weed whackers, said Sharon McKellar, community relations librarian, who added that hedge trimmers and lawn mowers also are in seasonal high demand.
In addition to the Washington Post story, a journalism student recently produced a wonderful piece about the Tool Lending Library too. Check it out!
Have you used the Tool Lending Library? What is the most interesting tool you've borrowed, and why? Do you have a great story about how the Tool Lending Library helped you? Tell us!
Read more about the Tool Lending Library on our website.
See the list of tools available here.