What is a tool lending library?


A tool lending library is a community resource where individuals can borrow tools for various projects. This service is particularly useful for those looking to undertake DIY tasks without needing to purchase expensive equipment that they might only use once. In the Bay Area, for example, such libraries offer a wide range of tools that can be borrowed for household renovation projects or other tasks. Tool lending libraries are beneficial as they provide access to necessary tools without the cost of ownership and storage. These institutions are part of a larger movement to create community-shared resources, promoting both economic savings and collaborative consumption 1.

Frugal DIY Tools

Amon and Christina share their frugal approach to home renovation by utilizing their community's tool lending library and other resources to borrow or buy tools they need for DIY projects, instead of hiring expensive contractors or buying tools they will only use once.


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