Helping individuals and small businesses reduce the cost of maintaining the places in which they live, work, and play. Tool libraries offer hundreds of hand and power tools for landscaping, home repair, and automobile maintenance.
A pioneering scheme for this concept was founded by
Dustin Zuckerman in Santa Rosa, California, in 2005.
The service is completely free, users must register some personal details and review borrowers rules and agreements. Most of the tools have been donated by civically minded citizens, and the Santa Rosa Tools Library is now a registered charity.
A Singaporean version run by the NEA might place a Tool Library in every district, situated in a central hub, close to MRT or Bus terminals. The purpose of this initiative would be to address the lack of storage space for most residents wanting to own a set of power tools, while providing them with the means to make improvements to their homes, gardens and businesses.
Building on Zuckerman's existing model, the online home of the library could play host to a catalogue of success stories, highlighting how people have already taken advantage of the scheme to enhance their neighbourhoods, and offering videos and tutorials on the use of these tools.