Profile: Asheville Tool Library

Photo courtesy of Asheville Tool Library.

The Asheville Tool Library is basically like a regular library — but instead of books you get to rent out tools. We provide low-cost access to a wide range of tools, literature and knowledge. The community-driven project empowers individuals through affordable access to resources that encourage rehabilitation, creativity, entrepreneurship and livability.

Here’s how it works: Any person with a NC ID/credit card can buy a membership (roughly $35-$65 per year based on income), which will grant full access to the tool inventory. Tools range from a table saw to a sewing machine for domestic projects or a set of community dishes to a tiller for community or land-based work. We also offer all the general hand tools one would need.

Our goal is to make the library not only be a space for
renting tools but also a space for classes in tool refurbishing, sewing, DIY engine repair, soldering, permaculture, leather working and more. If you’re a homeowner, student, ramblin’ musician or even a contractor, this will be a resource not be missed. We’re always looking for tools and volunteers, so get in touch — let’s build it together! Cheers, Nick, Tom and Julian.

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