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
Phone: 226 501 5472
|Monday||2:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Tuesday||12:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Wednesday||12:oo PM - 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Thursday||12:00 PM- 8:00 PM (EST)|
|Friday||12:00 PM- 6:00 PM (EST)|
Summer hours only - Members are expected to pick up and return tools during open hours. 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 - Tool Library Coordinator
Saba 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 - Tool Library Coordinator
Emily 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 - Tool Library Coordinator
John's passion is finding a new home for unwanted items or exploring how to share resources that often are overlooked or wasted. You will often find John at the Tool Library fixing broken tools or driving around town picking up donations.
MEREDITH SWEENEY - Tool Library Coordinator
Meredith is a local urban farmer and community advocate who coordinates the Backyard Caring Program and GROW Community Garden. With a background in education, she loves to teach workshops and share skills with others, in her spare time she runs Zero Waste Guelph, a group that supports living a plastic-free lifestyle in the community.
SUSAN CAREY - Tool Library Coordinator
Susan 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.
STEPH CLARKE - Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator
Steph is the Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator at the Guelph Tool Library, as part of their Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant. With a background in art and costume design, and a passion for social change, Steph enjoys providing creative, hands-on programs that teach practical skills for waste reduction and sustainable living.
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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