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Our website is under construction so please have a look around and bear with us as our volunteer team get everything in order. 

We are seeking a volunteer to assist with the technical details of our website. Do you have skills in WordPress and Elementor and have a few hours to help out?  

Do you find yourself wishing you had that super handy tool but you know you’d only use it once or twice per year. Is your home overflowing with household goods you hardly use and you wish you could claim your space back. Do we need to, or even want to own all these items we rarely use?

What if we had these items in a central borrowing library for community use?

So what is a Tool Library?

The GCTL is a volunteer led initiative enabling everyone to have access to tools and household goods, without the need to purchase expensive items or store gear that is only occasionally used. We operate in a very similar way to a traditional book lending library, however instead of books we lend tools, camping gear, sporting goods, gardening tools and a whole host of other useful household items.

Currently in the establishment phase, we are growing our inventory through donated equipment, building our team of passionate volunteers and seeking that perfect space to open and create our vibrant, inclusive and thriving community hub to call home. We aim to be open to the public later in 2020 as soon as funding and resources allows.

Toronto tool library inventory on shelves
Example image - Toronto Tool Library
Management Committee of Gold Coast Tool Library
GCTL steering committee - Oneika, David & Susan
Tools like these are on our donation wish list

Circular Economy in action.

We support an alternative model of consumption based around sharing, access rather than ownership, having a softer footprint by reducing the unnecessary consumption of resources and keeping items in use at their highest value by repairing and avoiding waste to landfill wherever possible.

Vision:

A world free of waste.

Mission:

To operate inclusive, vibrant and thriving community hubs that enhance the natural environment by reducing the demands for natural resources and enabling materials to be shared, repaired, upcycled and reused.

Community:

We are an accessible and inclusive hub which brings together diverse community groups and promotes a sense of belonging through sharing, engagement, participation, education and wellbeing.

Get Involved

GCTL is a volunteer-led initiative that exists because of the generous support from people like you. Help us promote the sharing of resources, reducing waste, repair and community building by donating your time, tools, funding or skills.

Volunteer your time.

Join our inclusive team! It’s a fun, easy way to connect with your local community, reduce waste, help the planet as well as share and learn new skills.

We’re looking for enthusiastic people with diverse skills, to volunteer as librarians, event hosts, fixers and menders, admin and web techie people, or [insert your awesome idea here].

Donate gear that you no longer need.

Most of our tools are donated by our generous community who no longer have a need for them or are downsizing and clearing space. Do you have items you would like to donate? View all the details here.

The great thing about donating them to the GCTL is that you can always borrow them back with a library membership.

We love our donors as they help us build this great community resource and for that we are greatly appreciative.

Make a donation.

We are a not-for-profit incorporated association which means all funds go to operating the tool library, hosting Repair Café events as well as maintaining, repairing and purchasing more equipment.

We welcome regular and one off donations and every donation is greatly appreciated.

Would you like to partner with us? Please contact us and let’s talk about how we can build a waste free community together.

Share your skills and knowledge.

Do you like to maintain tools and equipment in a safe and great working order? Would you like to help train people or host a workshop? Are you a people person who likes to help others? Do you have skills that you are willing to share? 

There are a host of different ways that you can be involved with the Tool Library, Repair Cafe and events. Have a look at our Volunteer page for more information.