OUR STORY – THE SHORT VERSION
A bit about us
The GCTL works just like a book library, however as its inventory it contains tools of all kinds, plus a wide variety of other super useful household items.
We are a not-for-profit Incorporated Association and operated by a passionate and friendly bunch of volunteers. We invite you to join us, become a member and get involved.
Introducing your current management committee: Oneike – Secretary, David – President and Susan – Treasurer.
Often described as a Library of Things
Tool libraries also lend camping gear, sporting equipment, gardening tools, musical instruments, craft and artist tools, surfboards and SUPs, outdoor games, event and party equipment and sewing machines. The list is endless and is guided by what the community would like to see, in their lending library.
Become a Member and Loan-Use-Return-Repeat.
Memberships are offered on a subscription bases and form an important source of the funds required to finance our operational expenses. Foundation Memberships are now available for a limited time at $50 per member, $30 for concession holders and $125 for fellow NFP’s and charity groups. Enabling access to all is part of our charter and we aim to achieve this through supported library memberships.
These discounted memberships won’t last forever, so sign up to our newsletter so you are kept up to date.
Who uses a tool library?
Well, pretty much anyone, however we have identified a few user groups.
Those who are actively choosing to minimise their purchases of items which are underutilised and reducing the associated carbon and environmental footprint. These people are usually early adopters and are enthusiastic members.
Short on space
Apartment dwellers generally have little storage space and no room for clutter. They still have a need to do repair jobs around the house, or want to have use of those bulkier items. We do all the storing, you just come and borrow the gear when you need it.
Finances are tight
There are those in our society who simply cannot afford to purchase all the items that they would like to use. Instead, for the minimal cost of a library membership, you can have access to a wide variety of items all year round. We call it access rather than ownership.
In other global locations, tool libraries have had a hugely positive impact on the communities in which they operate. People donate tools and equipment, giving new life to items that might otherwise end up in landfill. They share their skills, knowledge and culture, they make new friends and develop a support network all whilst giving back to their locally community. Through collaborative consumption, the Gold Coast can reduce its carbon footprint by embracing a circular and sharing economy.
Aligning with the SDG’s
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are 17 SDG’s adopted by 193 of the worlds countries to promote prosperity and equality for all, whilst protecting the planet. At the GCTL we embrace them all and align most specifically with SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production as well as SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.
What else could we create?
The most successful tool libraries do more than just lend items, they also create a strong sense of community within their members and visitors.
Our longer term goal is to establish a well equipped makerspace to inspire the creator in us all. If you or your group are considering a similar endeavour, reach out and say hi and let’s collaborate.
Waste diversion and re-use for Upcyclers and creative souls. Similar in concept to the very popular and long running Reverse Garbage in Brisbane.
A workbench and tools to rent by the hour for DIY. Not everyone has a space at home to make repairs or work on a project. Kind of like a co-working space hot desk for your creative projects.
Skill training and potential future employment opportunities for disadvantaged members within our community.