Tool Lending Library

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Branch Address

5205 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 597-5089

Branch Hours

12:30pm - 8:00pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
12:00pm - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm

About the Tool Lending Library

The Oakland Tool Lending Library currently offers over 5,000 tools available for loan, as well as books and how-to videos and DVDs. The tools can be used for a variety of purposes, including home improvement, remodeling and repairs, gardening and landscaping and seismic retrofit. This is a free service to Oakland, Emeryville, and Piedmont residents and property owners. 

Using the Tool Lending Library

Before visiting the Tool Lending Library for the first time, please review the following guidelines and registration instructions.

For a complete list of tools and lending guidelines, click here. 

For registration instructions/policies, please click here.

Occasional Workshops

The Tool Lending Library (TLL) offers workshops based on the interests and needs of our patrons. Past classes have included plumbing repairs, power tool safety, working with the router, basic tiling, and basic electrical repairs. 

For upcoming workshops, check the Library's calendar of events. If you'd like to suggest a new class, feel free to call us at (510) 597-5089 with your suggestion.

Volunteer at the Tool Lending Library

Since our inception, volunteers have been an important part of our program. The TLL always has a variety of work to do. Jobs that need doing are engraving and marking, cleaning and sharpening tools, organizational tasks, label making, and even data input and vacuuming. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the Tool Lending Library, please come in for an application or call (510) 597-5089 for more information.

History of the Tool Lending Library

The Oakland Tool Lending Library is located in the basement of the Temescal Branch Library.

After the Oakland Hills Firestorm of 1991, the 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 these efforts, and was finally launched on January 8, 2000 thanks to seed money from a Community Development Block Grant. 

The Tool Lending Library has grown over the years with City funding, and is now one of the Library's most popular and unique services.

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