Frequently Asked Questions

   
1. Who can use GTL tools?
2. How much does the membership cost?
3. How can I become a member?
4. How can I get a gift card or gift membership?
5. Where are you located?
6. What are your opening hours?
7. How may I borrow tools?
8. What is the Loan Period & Late Fees?
9. Can I put a Tool on Hold?
10. Can I renew a loaned out Tool?
11. Do you provide consumables?
12. What about Batteries for electric tools?
13. What about Tool Loss, Damage, or Wear and Tear?
14. Am I responsible for cleaning the tools before returning?
15. What kind of donations do you accept?
16. How can I volunteer with the Guelph Tool Library?

Please also see our Borrowing Policies, Site Map, and Ask more Questions.

1. Who can use our tools?
Our tools may only be used by members who are 18 years of age or older and have paid any outstanding late fees. For liability reasons, members agree not to permit the use of tools checked out by him/her to any other person.

2. How much does the membership cost?
Membership to the Guelph Tool Library is $60 and is valid for one year.

3. How can I become a member?
Sign-up to our partner website to purchase a membership or in person at the Guelph Tool Library.

4. How can I get a gift card or gift membership?
Purchase a gift card or a gift membership on our partner website.

5. Where are you located?
You can find us at Old Quebec Street Shoppes at 55 Wyndham Street North, Unit T8, Guelph.

6. What are your opening hours?
Please check our hours on our homepage before visiting us as they are subject to change.

7. How may I borrow tools?
Please browse our full inventory and ensure that the item is not taken out for when you want to borrow it. You can borrow tools in person at the Guelph Tool Library.

8. What is the Loan Period & Late Fees?
Most tools may be borrowed for 7 days. Seasonal items such as rototillers and fruit press may be borrowed for 3 days. However, members are encouraged to return tools as soon as they are finished using them. Late fines of $1/day per apply to any tool returned past its due date.

9. Can I put a Tool on Hold?
Unfortunately no. It is first come first served.

10. Can I renew a loaned out Tool?
One renewal per item is permitted after which late fees will apply.

11. Do you provide consumables?
Things like saw blades, drill bits, and sandpaper are not provided, you just kind of luck out if we have them here leftover from other generous members. For gas-powered tools, you are responsible for filling up the gas before returning them. The charge for not filling them back up is $5.

12. What about Batteries for electric tools?
We cannot guarantee that rechargeable batteries (on saws, drills, etc) will be fully charged when tools are loaned out. Likewise, members are not expected to return tools with fully charged batteries. This policy is in place to extend the life of our batteries by ensuring that they are not being over-charged.

13. What about Tool Loss, Damage, or Wear and Tear?
Before borrowing and returning tools, the Tool Library volunteers/staff inspect tools for safety hazards and any damage. All tools are to be returned clean and in the same condition as they were issued, barring normal wear and tear. If an item breaks during use, please let us know and bring the broken part with you. Please also see our Borrowing Policies.

14. Am I responsible for cleaning the tools before returning?
Yes. The tools should be returned in their original clean state. A cleaning fee of $5 will be charged for any items returned and not cleaned.

15. What kind of donations do you accept?
We accept a wide range of items that are typically only used a few times per year. These range from all kinds of tools, kitchen appliances, party supplies, arts and craft tools, etc. All items should be complete, in working condition and portable (as in one average person can pick up the item without much strain). If you have items that fit this criterion or have more questions, please contact us. Sending pictures of your items helps a great deal. You can drop off your donations at the Guelph Tool Library during our opening hours or we can pick them up.

16. How can I volunteer with the Guelph Tool Library?
Please check our volunteer opportunities to find out about our current volunteer opportunities.

Have More Questions?

Please contact us at info@guelphtoollibrary.org for any further questions.

Please also read our Borrowing Policies.

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