The Richmond Tool Library came about as a result of the Love Your Block initiative and is a free service that lends building and landscaping tools to residents with the goal of providing opportunities to be self-sufficient, to take agency over their neighborhoods, and to work towards a more sustainable Richmond, California.
We want build a stronger sense of community in Richmond by inviting neighbors to work together on revitalization projects. We want residents to join forces with city partners towards a shared vision and provide them with access to tools to maintain their homes and community gathering spaces. Through this resource we will reinforce local resilience and collective ownership of this beautiful city by the Bay.
Check out all of our information including FAQs, rules and regulations, and more on our City website!
Start Borrowing Tools
Ready to start borrowing some of our tools? Come in during library hours or create an account with us on this website.
Verification -- Before You Come In
Verification is accomplished by presenting ALL of the following:
1. Valid Richmond Public Library card, AND
2. Current photo identification, AND
3. Proof of residency, satisfied by one of the following: current lease/rental agreement (with patron’s name listed as tenant), current utility bill (with patron’s name listed), or current tax bill (in patron’s name) identifying ownership of property in Richmond.
Note: Patrons who rent mailboxes must provide proof of residency or property ownership in Richmond before being granted borrowing privileges at the RTL.
***during the process we send out a confirmation email to the email address you provide during the sign-up--keep in mind you will need to log in to your email during this time--you are welcome to log on to our computer or use your mobile device***
Volunteer at the Richmond Tool Library
From the beginning, the Richmond Tool Library has always had the spirit of volunteerism at its core. Volunteers are an important part of our program. The RTL is looking for volunteers to help us run the library. If you are interested in volunteering at the Tool Library, fill out our Richmond Tool Library Volunteer Application or call (510) 620-5546 for more information. We have a variety of roles for any community member who is interested.
- Tool Repair and Maintenance Specialist (must have previous tool repair experience)
- Volunteer Media and Outreach Coordinator
- Volunteer Inventory Specialist
- Volunteer Accountant
We continue to accept monetary and tool donations. Though we generally accept most tools, we only accept those that are in good, working condition and clean and free of rust. We currently do not have anyone on staff yet to do tool repair, so we are minimizing the amount of broken/old/rusty tools in our inventory.
Please contact our staff to make an appointment to drop off tools or make a donation for the Tool Library. Any and all support is deeply appreciated.
Need a tool we don't have? Let us know! Fill out our Request for Tools down below.
Although we will try to accommodate requests from our patrons, we are running solely on donations and volunteers--if we see that certain tools are highly demanded by our residents, then we will gladly add them to our inventory.
As always, we continue to accept monetary and tool donations for our tool library--please contact us and we can make arrangements.