June 6, 2018


The following are answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Please read about the rules and regulations in our Borrowing Policies section.

Tool Library Questions:

Who can use GTL 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.

How much does the membership cost?

Membership to the Guelph Tool Library is $40 and is valid for one year.

How can I get a membership?

Membership can be purchased through our website here or in person at the Guelph Tool Library.

Where are you located?

You can find us on the 3rd floor of Tytler Public School at 131 Ontario Street (you can the building through the Toronto Street entrance).

Where are your opening hours?

Our opening hours can be found on the main page of our website. Please note that these hours are subject to change, so please check the hours before visiting us. 

How may I borrow tools?

You can see our full inventory here and ensure that the item is not taken our when you want to borrow it. You can borrow tools in person at the Guelph Tool Library. 

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 $0.5/day per apply to any tool returned past its due date.

Can I put a Tool on Hold?

Unfortunately no. It is first come first served.

Can I renew a loaned out Tool?

One renewal per item is permitted after which late fees will apply. 

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.

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.

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 items breaks during use, please let us know and bring the broken part with you.

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 not cleaned. 

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 be portable (as in one average person can pick up the item without much strain). If you have items that fit this criteria or have more questions, please send a message to info@guelphtoollibrary.org. 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. 

Do you sell gift cards?

Yes! Click here to buy one online or you can come by in person to get a fancy handmade gift card to present to the recipient for a class or membership!

How can I volunteer with the Guelph Tool Library?

Please check here to find out how you can donate your time!

Repair Cafe Questions:

How often are Repair Cafes held?

We organize Repair Cafes roughly once every two months. 

When is the next Repair Cafe?

You can find out about our next Repair Cafe in our Repair Cafe section. 

Where are Repair Cafes held?

Repair Cafes are held at various locations throughout the city. You can find out about the location of our next Repair Cafe in our Repair Cafe section. 

What can I bring to the Repair Cafe?

You can bring electronics, small electrical appliances, computers, cellphones, clothing, jewelry, clocks, bikes and more. Please note that volunteer fixers to help with fixing all these items may not be available at every Repair Cafe.

What if I want to volunteer at the Repair Cafe?

We are always looking for volunteers who can help with fixing items, as well as help with running the events. If you are interested in joining us, please contact repaircafe@guelphtoollibrary.org

Have More Questions?

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