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Tool-Lending Libraries Are All The Rage

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Jessica
01.30.12

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You borrow books, share music, and rent DVD’s - so why do you buy tools? Unless you’re a professional carpenter or a cabinet-making enthusiast, you’re probably not using that circular skill saw every weekend. Instead of spending your hard-earned cash on something you’ll use once a year, borrow it!

Tool-lending libraries are popping up all over the United States. You can borrow tools, equipment, owner’s manuals, and how-to guides free of charge. We’re not just talking about your basic hammer and nails, the Columbus, Ohio tool library has more than 4,500 tools you can borrow for free.

If you’ve ever been to the public library, this system works the same way. Although the sign-up process varies slightly by location, at most facilities you can walk out with tools in hand in two easy steps: sign-up and borrow. They’re not as numerous as traditional libraries, but you’ll find a location in almost every state. We suspect more will be popping up in the next year. In 2011, Popular Mechanics recognized "Building a Local Tool Library" as one of its top ten ways to change the world. Take a look at the full list of tool-lending libraries to see what’s in your area.

Go ahead and explore your options! Start a new DIY project, or just finish the one you started months ago, but didn’t have the necessary equipment. You will save money on tools, and have access to countless new project possibilities.

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