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Ottawa Tool Library is (almost) a reality

By Jared Davidson on April 21, 2015


Ottawa, we’re this close to getting a tool library. Don’t you quit on me now. I believe in you.

With one week to go, the Ottawa Tool Library is looking for one last push. They’re rounding the bend on $10,000, and they only need $5,000 more to make it to their goal. $5,000! That’s about as much as one year’s tuition for a arts major, and I’m living proof that’s a questionable investment.

But here’s the real important part: until they get to 15,000, they get NOTHING. How can we accept that? I’m sure Ottawa can come up with another $5,000!

I should probably tell you what the Ottawa Tool Library is before I go demanding funding, huh? Apologies all ‘round.

The Ottawa Tool Library is what it sounds like—a library for tools. Not the kind of tool that Urban Dictionary defines as “one who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used,” but rather the kind that are useful: hammers, saws, drills, etc. You get the idea.

When (and if) the Ottawa Tool Library opens, you’ll be able to borrow its tools the way you would borrow books from the library. Users will pay a yearly low membership fee and will be able to take out tools at no cost all year. It’s a cool idea, and one that has been tried elsewhere and worked. A nearby example is the Toronto Tool Library, which got started in 2012.

“It’s a movement,” says Bettina Vollmerhausen, Co-Founder of OTL. “We’re very fortunate to be able to pool resources from other groups that are doing this.”

Frederic Sune, Co-Founder number two, points out that part of the reason for the proliferation of projects like this is the so-called “sharing economy.”

When OTL opens, Ottawans will be able to attend workshops on the use of their newly-borrowed tools. For example, a user may be able to attend a hammer-using workshop before they start work on that big hammering project they were working on (maybe they’re playing whack-a-mole… no judgement).

But right now all of that hangs in the balance. $5,000 dollars stand between Ottawa and this tool library. That’s not a lot of money, but there’s only a week left! They’re on track, but they’re barely there.

We can make this happen right now. All it takes is a bit of cash. Currently, you can buy a membership with your donation, discounted at 20% off. If you’re at all interested in this, the price is right, and the cause is good. Plus, I really need tools. Guys. I need tools bad.

Another note, those behind the OTL are currently in need of a location to house the Ottawa Tool Library, and are seeking partnership applications and offers. For more information, see their website.

Let’s fund this. Come on Ottawa. We want this. Let’s do this.

Check out the Ottawa Tool Library Indiegogo Campaign page here.