The ReUse Industries’ Tool Library is now open!
We have over 500 tools available to individual and organizational members. 300+ tools have been donated by community members; 200+ tools are newly-purchased.
See and search our tools here:
How Does the Library Work?
Members can borrow and return tools during operating hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 5 pm - 8 pm and Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm. Members can borrow up to ten tools at a time for up to seven days, with the exception of certain tools that are expected to be in high demand during certain seasons – like lawnmowers, tillers and a log splitter – for which borrowing periods will be two or three days. Non-profit organizations will be able to borrow larger numbers of tools in support of group events and activities.
The Tool Library will only succeed with members. Especially during our start-up year, support and participation from members will be vital to the Library’s success. Members will guide our investment in additional tools and how the library operates.
$100 for individuals/households
$50 for low-income individuals and students
$300 for non-profit organizations.
Membership costs may be adjusted in the future based on library participation levels and operating costs.
Did you know...
There are about 70 tool libraries in the United States, but the ReUse Tool Library will be only the 3rd in a non-metropolitan area and the first in the 13-state Appalachian region.
How You Can Support the Tool Library
Many of the Tool Library’s operating costs will be supported by ReUse thrift store sales. Donating unwanted items and particularly higher-value items to ReUse is one important way that community members can support the Tool Library. In 2014, ReUse re-sold over 80,000 items from the community to the community.
Donate Other Unwanted Household Belongings
ReUse thrift store sales revenue will play a big
part in sustaining tool library operations over time. We welcome just about any type of donated
items, as long as they are in good condition and can be re-sold. Donations are welcome at our Athens Thrift
Store (100 Columbus Road, Monday-Saturday,
9 am-6 pm) and at our Albany ReUse
Center (U.S. Route 50 between Albany
and McArthur, Saturday 10 am-6 pm).
Volunteering for the Tool Library or for ReUse thrift stores will help us reduce cost and earn revenue in support of the Library. The Tool Library will be operated in conjunction with the FixerSpace at ReUse's Athens location, where volunteers can help us test, diagnose, research, refurbish, and repair donated electronics, appliances, tools, and mechanical items.
If you want to help make the tool library a success, please consider volunteering some time for marketing/outreach, customer service, inventory management, and tool maintenance. Please click here to complete a volunteer interest form, and you will be contacted for further discussion.
Please consider contributing financially to
support the ReUse Tool Library. So far,
we have raised over $75,000 in cash and in-kind support for tool library
start-up from local donors, the Athens Foundation, the Sugar Bush Foundation,
and the Appalachian Transition Fellowship program.
Mailed to ReUse Industries
or given at the ReUse Athens
Thrift Store (100 Columbus Road, Monday-Saturday,
9 am-6 pm) and at our Albany ReUse Center (U.S. Route 50 between Albany
and McArthur, Saturday 10 am-6 pm).
100 Columbus Road
Athens, Ohio 45701
(Co-Located with ReUse Industries Thrift Store)
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: 5-8 pm
Saturday: 9 am- 2 pm
Tool Library FAQs
What is the purpose of the tool library?
We support do-it-yourselfers and creative people in the communities we serve. A tool library is a great way to make tools available to community members who like to make things or fix things but cannot afford to purchase or store the required tools.
How does it work?
The tool library makes tools available to community members and non-profit organizations through library memberships.
How much do memberships cost?
There are several membership types:
Individual/Household memberships will cost $100 annually.
Student and low-income memberships will cost $50 annually.
Non-profit organization memberships will cost $300 annually.
What benefits do library members get?
The Tool Library provides members with convenient and low-cost access to an inventory of over 500 tools including 300+ tools donated by community members and 200+ newly- purchased tools.
Members will be able to borrow up
to ten tools for up to seven days at a time, with the exception of some items with shorter borrowing periods. Special arrangements will
be made for larger-scale tool borrowing needed for events or activities
conducted by non-profit member organizations.
What kind of tools are available?
See our tools Here.
Over time, the inventory is expected to grow based on member input, new donations and resources available for new purchases.
HOW IT IS POSSIBLE.
Start-up of the Tool Library was made possible by close to $100,000 in
contributions of materials, tools, time and funding by:
In addition, ReUse is grateful for advice from the Rebuilding Together Tool Library in Columbus, OH and the West Seattle Tool Library in Seattle, WA, which has allowed ReUse to use its tool inventory management software free of charge during start-up.