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131 Ontario Street, Guelph Ontario
Regular hours of operation:
Monday -- 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday -- 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday -- 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday -- 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
View our full calendar of events!
SABA SANEINEJAD is passionate about community work, environmental issues, and arts & culture. Her career as a building/aerodynamic engineer brought her to Guelph in April 2014. Saba coordinates our popular Repair Cafe events.
BRANDON KIDD is our librarian and has a passion for community development. He is a graduate of the iSchool at the University of Toronto and primarily responsible for our website and catalogue development.
JOHN DENNIS is a local environmental activist involved with social justice issues for a number of years. John is a board member with Transition Guelph and has focused on urban agricultural issues and fundraising.
SUSAN CAREY works with the Urban Food Working Group of Transition Guelph and volunteers with the Guelph Tool Library in several capacities. If something we've done looks super cool, she probably had a hand in it.
Tool libraries loan specialized tools for both experienced and inexperienced community members who are interested in repair, maintenance and building projects. Local tool libraries reduce the costs of improving and greening neighbourhoods, thereby transforming homes and community spaces into vibrant places that reflect a commitment to sustainability and environmental concern. Over 100 tool libraries have been established in North America since 1979. As a member of the Guelph Tool Library, members sign-out tools for both their home and community initiatives. Whether you are hanging a picture or renovating a community park, the Tool Library offers a range of equipment for your project as a low-cost, resource sharing and space-saving alternative to purchasing and owning tools. The Guelph Tool Library is a project of Transition Guelph, a local chapter in a global network of citizen groups working to build infrastructure for a sustainable economy beyond fossil fuels. Transition Guelph held its first public meeting in 2008. By 2009 Guelph, Ontario officially declared its status as a "Transition Town" and now hosts an annual, week-long Resilience Festival encompassing Earth Hour. The Guelph Tool Library officially opened its doors in August 2016. It provides access to a collection of tools commonly used in community agriculture and do-it-yourself construction projects for an annual membership fee ($40.00). The Guelph Tool Library currently operates with funds from a City of Guelph grant but has a goal to become self-sufficient through membership fees. Our mission is to build community resilience by engaging its members in sharing knowledge, skills and resources.
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The Guelph Tool Library’s recent crowdfunding campaign raised over $1200! That’s the equivalent of 30 annual memberships! We also continue to add about two memberships a week to our growing tool library family, getting us well on our way to 250 standing memberships which will make the Guelph Tool Library self-sustainable. A whopping big “thank-you” Read more about Crowdfunding Success![…]
Guelph Tool Library will be closed from July 27th until Aug 11th due to the move. Please join us for the open house at our new space (Tytler PS – 131 Ontario St) on Aug 11th from 6 to 8!
We had another successful Repair Cafe on Feb 18th at Tytler Public School, organized in collaboration with Two Rivers Neighbourhood Group. This was the 3rd Repair Cafe, organized by the Guelph Tool Library. We had 3 volunteers who were helping with mending clothes, one jewelry repair volunteer, 2 computer repair volunteers, 8 volunteers who were Read more about The third Repair Cafe on Feb 18th[…]
Our resident librarian is at it again! Brandon is conducting an innovative new type of research to inform us about how the tool library can improve. Would you like to do an information horizon interview??? Sound cool? It is! The whole process takes less than 30 minutes, it’s wicked fun, and your input will shape Read more about Shape Your Tool Library![…]
I had the opportunity to showcase the Guelph Tool Library at my practicum student exhibition last week. The event also took place at the University of Toronto iSchool alongside the Special Libraries Canada conference also happening at that day. I spoke to dozens of people about the challenges and solutions we’d encountered in providing this service Read more about Special Libraries Exhibition @ UofT[…]
The second Repair Cafe (Santa’s workshop) took place on Dec 3rd at St James the Apostle Church from 9am to 1pm. We had more than 10 volunteer fixers and about 35 visitors. More than 25 items were fixed which otherwise would have been thrown in the landfill. Visitors and volunteers had a great time and there Read more about Dec 3rd Repair Cafe[…]
This has been a busy year for the newly formed Guelph Tool Library. We have managed in a very short time period to put together an interesting selection of tools, set up our location (123 Woolwich Street), develop our website/database and begin lending out tools. As our library is made up almost exclusively of donated Read more about A Reflection on Tool Pick Ups[…]
One of the toughest things to decide on for a community-minded, volunteer-run library is a collection development policy. I say for “a community-minded, volunteer-run” library with reason. Authoring a collection development policy is relatively easy for a more institutionalized library; the collections development librarian takes a look at his/her budget and says, “We’re drawing the Read more about Adventures in Collection Development[…]
Greetings, all! As the Guelph Tool Library’s one and only Librarian I felt the professional obligation to blog about my experiences setting up a library that was so different from any I’d previously managed –so different from most libraries managed throughout the history of librarianship. All my previous experience was with books and media of Read more about It’s Different From Books[…]
The first Guelph Repair Cafe was held on August 20th, 2016 at St James the Apostle church from 9 to 1. Volunteers helped fix broken and damaged clothes, jewelery, bikes, electrical appliances, wooden items, etc. Article about this event on Guelph Today. The Cafe also featured a Swap Table where participants brought items in good Read more about August 20, 2016 Repair Cafe[…]