OUR MISSION

We provide communities the tools they need to create the change they want.

The Tool Library accomplishes its mission through the work of its members and the partnerships it builds with block clubs, community nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions, and local government. A membership to the tool library gives individuals and groups access to an inventory of thousands of tools for one small annual fee.

Sharing resources in this way allows communities to build wealth by lowering costs typically associated with community development projects. From planting trees and building community gardens to fighting blight with public art and reclaiming public green spaces, the Tool Library provides citizens with a platform to improve the world around them.

What?

A tool library is a non-profit program set up to lend tools out to community members to help them maintain and fix-up their homes and gardens. Tools can range anywhere from hammers, screwdrivers, and shovels to power drills, circular saws, and sanders. Individuals and businesses can donate tools to the program which will then be circulated throughout the neighborhood for a small annual membership fee. This revenue stream helps cover much of the overhead associated with the service.

Where?

The University Heights, running from Capen Blvd. to LaSalle Ave. is a dynamic and vibrant neighborhood that has seen incredible changes over its lifetime. Situated in North Buffalo and bordering UB’s South Campus, the highly walkable, diverse, and affordable neighborhood has begun to experience the neglect and disinvestment common to older urban neighborhoods. However, through low cost high impact programs like the Tool Library, residents of the Univeristy Heights and similar neighborhoods in Buffalo can be empowered to make positive changes.

Why?

The Tool Library will be open to all residents of Buffalo and it’s surrounding suburbs, whether homeowner, or renter. Thus, people looking for an alternative to buying expensive tools that get little use now have this resource at their disposal. Also, a tool library, in its most basic form, exudes the ideals of sustainability and community by lowering reinvesment costs while also fostering greater cooperation and collaboration among neighbors.

How to Join

The Tool Library will be open to all residents of Buffalo and it’s surrounding suburbs, whether homeowner, or renter. Thus, people looking for an alternative to buying expensive tools that get little use now have this resource at their disposal. Also, a tool library, in its most basic form, exudes the ideals of sustainability and community by lowering reinvesment costs while also fostering greater cooperation and collaboration among neighbors.

For an individual, business, or orgnaization to join the Tool Library the following things are necessary:

  • Valid driver’s license or photo I.D.
  • Piece of mail (to verify residency)
  • Signed membership app. and waiver
  • Annual membership fee
  • 2 references with contact information