As a student who also happens to be renting, investing in a ton of tools is not really practical for me. Still, sometimes I take on a project that requires more than the little hammer and screwdriver I keep on hand (for example, this awesome strawberry planter made from reused wood pallets). That’s why I’m so thankful to have the Bloomington Tool Library in our community!
Like me, the majority of us only need occasional access to power tools. Sharing them through the Tool Library not only allows us to save money and consume fewer natural resources—it also frees up space in the garage or basement and is great way to connect with others in the community. I can attest to the fact that the folks at the tool library are exceptionally friendly and helpful, and I am looking forward to visiting to get the tools and information I need to complete my next project.
The Tool Library is open Monday and Thursday evenings from 5pm to 7pm, Saturday from 9am to 12pm, and Sunday 3pm to 5pm. Every Bloomington-Normal resident over the age of 18 is eligible for membership—all you have to do is fill out an application and liability waiver (both available on their website) and present two forms of ID to a Tool Library staff member. In addition to tool rentals, the tool library also offers classes and hands on workshops. To stay up to date, be sure to like them on Facebook or, even better, stop by the storefront at 801 West Washington Street in Bloomington and fill out a membership application!