FAQs

What are the opening hours?

Our opening hours are every Wednesday 5.00 – 7.00 pm & Saturday 10.00 -1.00 pm

What do the latest covid19 restrictions mean for the Tool Library? – April 2021 update

  1. We are now open for click+collection for non-essential items. 
  2. Members can self-renew reservations for another week, extending the maximum reservation length to two weeks. 
  3. Before tools are returned we ask that they are sanitised. However, if water-based disinfectants are used on metal tools they can rust so we ask that you use sanitiser that is +70% alcohol. 
  4. Things may feel like they are beginning to relax but don’t forget to wear a mask and practice social distancing when coming to collect your tools! Safety first!

What is the reopening schedule for GTL?

From 26TH APRIL we hope to open our doors for drop-in tool collection and browsing. This means you won’t have to reserve your tools, but we still advise you consider doing so to avoid disappointment. 

From this point onwards we will be following the local tier restrictions for Glasgow. We want to open up opportunities for volunteers and begin running workshops & events again as soon as it feels safe to do so.

Where can I pick my reservation up from?

Glasgow Tool Library is a green shipping container opposite Civic House.

Currently, this is the only location from which you can pick up tools, however, we are always happy to hear your ideas if you think there would be a place in your community for a tool depot.

How do I become a member and take out tools?

You can sign up via our online portal here or in person. Head to our borrow tools page for more information.

I can’t find the inventory!!!

GTL uses the portal myTurn to lend out tools, you can either go directly to the myturn.com site and log in or you can go to our borrow tools page and scroll down.

How many tools can I take out at a time?

We have a maximum limit of 10 tools per member at a time. If you have a larger project that requires more tools, get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate.

How long can I borrow tools for?

Tool reservations are automatically set to one week, however, if your project requires that little bit more time you can self-renew your reservation by logging into myTurn. The maximum loan length is two weeks. We ask in turn that members return the tools as soon as they can so that other people can enjoy them.

If you or your organisation need to borrow a tool for longer, we are happy to discuss the possibility, please get in touch!

I can’t return my tools on time, what do I do?

If you will be late in returning your tool, please let us know via tools@glasgowtoollibrary.com We urge that this is only done in exceptional circumstances – the tools in the library are meant to be shared with our whole community, so we expect tools back when you’re done using them. If we aren’t contacted in advance of a late return, you may be liable for a fine.

I want to loan some tools for a project but I don’t know what I need!!

We are happy to offer advice, just get in touch at tools@glasgowtoollibrary.com and we will do our best to help. No question is a stupid question and you don’t have to know the name of a tool to be capable of using it.

In the near future, we are hoping to provide how-to guides and DIY courses, please let us know if you have any specific requests!

What do I do if a tool I’ve borrowed is broken, or I’ve accidentally broken it through use?

If a tool is not fit for use at the point of lending, please let us know via tools@glasgowtoollibrary.com and bring it back to us as soon as you can. We are doing our best to repair and maintain our collection of tools, but sometimes a few knocks and tears can slip the net! If you break the tool whilst using it, don’t worry, accidents can happen. Just let us know as soon as you can and we’ll get you sorted with a replacement.

I can’t see the tool I’m looking for in the inventory!!

We are always getting new donations and so not all of our tools are uploaded onto the system. If you can’t see something you need or the quantity of a tool that you need, send us an email at tools@glasgowtoollibrary.com and we will be happy to check the inventory for you. You can always ask when you’re in the depot picking other tools up but sometimes rooting around the library and preparing a tool for a loan can mean a bit of a wait.

Do you provide consumables?

We have a decent range of screws, bits and other consumables like sandpaper in the library that it is worth asking for when you’re at the depot. We don’t have everything though, so you may need to pop to the hardware store to get the things you need. If you use up a set of consumables that come with a tool (i.e sandpaper for electric sanders), we really appreciate getting the tool returned with some more ready for the next user.

I’ve got a bunch of old tools I need to get rid of, do you accept donations?

We do! The whole tool library is built on the generous donations of our community and local organisations. Head here for more information on making a donation.