The Guelph Tool Library is a lending library of tools where you can borrow tools
for food preparation, food preservation, gardening, renovation, arts, etc.
HOW DOES IT WORK...
By purchasing an annual membership of $40, you can have access to our full inventory and can borrow up to 10 tools for a period of one week. Membership can be purchased through the "Sign Up" section of our website or in person at the Guelph Tool Library during our opening hours.
Some other projects of the Guelph Tool Library are Repair Cafes, which are run bi-monthly as well as a wide variety of workshops and training sessions. We are always looking for new ways to collaborate with the community.
LOCATION AND HOURS...
131 Ontario Street, Guelph Ontario
|Monday||4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Tuesday||1:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Wednesday||6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Thursday||5:00 PM- 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Friday||12:00 PM- 5:00 PM (EST)|
Members are expected to pick up and return tools during open hours. Due to building maintenance taking place over the month of June, hours may be subject to change without notice. Late fees incurred as a result of these changes will be waived
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.
EMILY DUNCAN is a tool librarian and she enjoys building sustainable communities through volunteer work and social activism. Emily is a graduate student at UofG focusing on food systems and agriculture.
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.
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Our friends at Immigrant Service Guelph-Wellington approached us about using our space to teach a course on Home Maintenance and to use our tools for some hands on demonstrations. We were happy to help them out and the classes started in early September. The class is teaching newcomers to Canada about what type of tools Read more about Toolbox Drive for New Immigrants[…]
At the Guelph Tool Library and Repair Café Guelph, we are often telling our story and how concerned we are about the “throw away” mindset that is constantly advertised. So, we were delighted to see the new IKEA Commercial that takes a positive spin on recycling. Spike Jones directed the famous and funny Ikea Lamp Read more about IKEA Commercial Reflects Changing Ideas[…]
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan, Author As we enter a new season in 2018, the Guelph Tool Library is also entering a new season itself. As we grow, we have acquired a strong team of coordinators and volunteers. With that team Read more about Big news at the Guelph Tool Library[…]
Guelph Tool Library is turning 2 in August and we’d like to celebrate it with you by reaching our 200 membership goal. We are now standing at 170 members and we need 30 new members to reach out goal!! For any new member joining between now and August 25th (when our Repair Cafe and our Read more about 200 Membership Drive[…]
You may have noticed the construction and updates taking place in our building at 131 Ontario Street. This has caused some unfortunate fluctuations to our hours, and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will be closed today and tomorrow, but you are welcome to drop off tools during the Two Read more about Construction Notice[…]
Wow, Guelph! You certainly are a generous bunch! We’ve received as much as we can handle in sewing machines, fabric and notions, but we wish to thank you for your generosity. Sew North was a new project for us, and it has been highly successful so far! But it’s not over yet! There are still Read more about Thank You Sew Much![…]
The Church of St Matthias and St James the Apostle and the Guelph Tool Library, a Transition Guelph project, would like your help with a sewing machine and materials collection drive called “Sew North”. We will be collecting materials at the church and the Guelph Tool Library from April 15 until May 12, 2018 and Read more about Sew North[…]
Come support the Guelph Seed Library and the Grow Garden by watching the movie Seed: the Untold Story and staying for snacks and a discussion about seed saving at Miijidaa afterwards. What is a Seed Library? A seed library is a collection of seeds where members can “borrow” seeds. This means they take a package/or a Read more about Seed: The Untold Story fundraiser movie screening[…]
The Guelph Tool Library and the Two Rivers Neighborhood Group invite the community to an indoor, garage-sale style event where they can swap their stuff with other participants on Saturday, march 17th from 12-4pm. Contributors can drop off donations ahead of time, during Tool Library hours from March 12th-16th. Participation in the swap is Pay-What-You-Can Read more about Guelph Tool Library and Two Rivers Neighborhood Group Stuff Swap[…]
The Guelph Tool Library is pleased to launch a new workshop series, Monday Night Makes. On select Monday nights from February 26-April 16th, we will be offering hands-on, affordable workshops that will help you learn new, practical skills using the supplies available at the Guelph Tool Library. All workshops require advanced registration, which can be Read more about New Workshop Series at the Guelph Tool Library[…]