Coronavirus Response Center

Strong communities and the spirit of sharing is more important than ever!

While The Tool Library is temporarily closed to the public and all events have been cancelled or postponed, we want to hear from our members on how we can continue to serve the community and how they can help. Let’s build a stronger, more resilient tomorrow together!

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Dear Tool Library Members,

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and the temporary closure of the Tool Library, the Tool Library leadership wants to reach out to you, our members. As a member-driven organization, you are at the heart of everything we do. 

First, please disregard any emails about late fees, or membership expirations. All late fees accrued during this time will be waived. In addition, at the end of our closure, we will extend all of our current memberships for the duration of the formal Tool Library closing.

In return, we are asking the following:

    • Continue to support us by renewing your membership once we have resumed regular services.
    • Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about us.
    • Consider “paying it forward” by sponsoring a gift membership for someone who would value and use it.
    • Follow and share our posts on social media as a cost-free way to stay involved.

We are a smaller organization with no paid staff, but a powerful network of members we can consult. Over the last few weeks, we have received phone calls and engagement on social media that suggests our members might be interested in some sort of no-contact, curbside pick-up/drop-off of tools. Lots of time at home means lots of time to get projects done! Helping you with this would take some considerable logistical work, safely sanitizing tools and avoiding volunteer-volunteer contact, but if there is a community desire and need, our volunteers could potentially work toward making this happen.

We can also offer mutual aid on a Tool Library-scale. We want to find out how our members might need help during this crisis, and at the same time, how they may be able to offer help to others. This could be as simple as connecting a senior who needs their lawn mowed with a neighbor who has a mower (and/or could borrow one from us), or engaging in a safe, socially-distanced, neighborhood cleanup effort.

Hoping to leverage our resources in a number of ways, this week we’ve partnered with PUSH Buffalo and offered our inventory to them as a resource as they coordinate a broader mutual aid campaign throughout the city. You can check that out on their website: 

With this message, we are simply exploring how we can be of service at this difficult time. If you could take a few moments to fill out the survey, we would greatly appreciate it as we figure out how to proceed this April, the beginning of spring, and in the middle of this health crisis.

In solidarity,

Darren Cotton, President, Founder & Volunteer


  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning/disinfecting. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products for (concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
  • Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water