*Richmond Tool Library will re-open on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 1:00 P.M.*
You must call to make an appointment with us prior to visiting the Tool Library. Patrons will be turned away at the door if there is no appointment made. *Please do NOT come to the Tool Library unless staff has verbally confirmed your appointment* We will begin to take calls for appointments on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. for 20-minute slots beginning Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
- Only one (1) person will be allowed in the Tool Library and building at once, social-distancing and wearing a mask is required. All others will be asked to wait outside.
- All patrons (existing and new) will need to re-confirm Richmond residency as indicated in the verification process below by bringing in a proof of residency dated in the last 60 days and photo ID.
- No reservations on tools will be made at this item. You can call in to check inventory but no reservations on tools will be made.
- Hours of operation are limited and subject to change as we begin to carry out more in-person programming at our site.
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.
Start Borrowing Tools -- Before You Come In
>>>Only Richmond residents, Richmond property owners, Richmond business owners and City of Richmond employees can register with the Tool Library. NO EXCEPTIONS.<<<
Ready to start borrowing some of our tools? Make an appointment to come in during library hours or create an account with us on this website. Only residents of Richmond with can sign up with the Tool Library--verification of account will be completed in person at the Richmond Tool Library.
Verification is accomplished by presenting ALL of the following in person at the on-site location:
- Valid Richmond Public Library card, AND
- Current photo identification, AND
- Proof of Richmond residency*, dated withing the last 60 days, 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), car registration, 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.
*Note: a driver's license will not satisfy the proof of residency requirement needed, it only satisfies the photo ID requirement.
>>>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.
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.