What is a tool library?
A tool library is a collection of shared tools. Our Tool Library has over 550 tools available and!
How does a tool library work?
First, contact us about becoming a member! Then we’ll have you read over and sign the Tool Library membership agreement. After you have agreed that you know how to safely operate all of the tools (Just ask if you don’t know how something works!) there is a fee (for a whole year) that we will process and then someone on our team will create your account. This can all happen in a few minutes if you are in immediate need of a tool.
Members can borrow up to ten tools at a time for up to seven days
Members can borrow and return tools during these hours of operation:
M-T/Th-F: 3p – 7p
Sa-Su: 11a – 2p
$100 for individuals/households
$50 for low-income individuals and students
$300 for non-profit organizations.
Membership costs may be adjusted in the future based on library participation levels and operating costs.
How You Can Support the Tool Library
Many of the Tool Library’s operating costs will be supported by ReUse thrift store sales. Donating unwanted items and particularly higher-value items to ReUse is one important way that community members can support the Tool Library. In 2014, ReUse re-sold over 80,000 items from the community to the community.
Volunteering for the Tool Library or for ReUse thrift stores will help us reduce cost and earn revenue in support of the Library. For sign-ups and more information on Volunteering CLICK HERE!
Please consider contributing financially to support the ReUse Tool Library. So far, we have raised over $75,000 in cash and in-kind support for tool library start-up from local donors, the Athens Foundation, the Sugar Bush Foundation, and the Appalachian Transition Fellowship program.
If you want to help make the tool library a success, please consider volunteering some time for marketing/outreach, customer service, inventory management, and tool maintenance. Please click here to complete a volunteer interest form, and you will be contacted for further discussion.