Upcoming Workshop

Intro to Tools: Hexagonal Shelf

Sunday, Aug 21st, 10am-12pm AND 2pm-4pm
We’re building beautiful hexagon shelves! For this edition of the Intro to Tools Workshop, we’ll be building hexagonal shelves that hang on your wall! Learn how to use a table saw, mitre saw, drill and other basic tools. As per usual, this workshop is intended for woodworking beginners and will focus on safety around power tools. We will assume you have never touch and of the tools before. We’re doing 2 workshops on the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Space is limited and our workshops sell out quickly! One hexagon/participant.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members

Upcoming Workshop: Intro to Tools

Intro to Tools: Folding Beach Chair
Sunday, July 17th
10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm

Our next Intro to Tools workshop will teach participants how to build their very own folding beach chair (similar to pictured).

Intro to Tools is for absolute beginners to woodworking. We assume you’ve never touched any of the tools before. You’ll learn how to use a tablesaw, chop saw, drill and other standard power tools.
As per usual, our main focus will be on the safe use of tools.

We’ll be hosting 2 separate workshops on the same day, one from 10am-12pm, and another from 2pm-4pm. Please indicate which workshop you will be participating in.
$20 for members
$25 for non-members
To register, email manager[@]vancouvertoollibrary.com

Member Night and AGM

VTL Member Night and AGM!
Monday, May 30, 7pm
Another Space, 1523 East Pender St

Hey VTL members! Come hang out, have a beer on us, and let’s talk about your Vancouver Tool Library. We want to hear your thoughts on the VTL and its future. At the same time, we’ll give you updates on what we’ve been up to and nominate a couple new Board members.
Beer, snacks and refreshments will be provided!
Please RSVP to manager@vancouvertoollibrary.com

New Pricing at the VTL

– in effect May 31st, 2016.

Since 2011, the Vancouver Tool Library Cooperative has been lending tools to our members at very affordable rates; it’s our core mandate to provide inclusive access to tools and equipment for our members.

As the first cooperative tool lending library in Canada, however, much of what we’ve created at the VTL is an experiment. This includes our pricing. As we’ve grown, we have realized that our pricing structure must evolve as well.

After almost a year of consideration and input, we believe the proposed changes offer the best balance between the financial needs of our Co-operative while ensuring our service remains accessible and inclusive.


1. Power Tools for just $1/day!
B-Class tools (Power Tools) now cost $1/day, up to 10 days! (Currently B-Class tools cost $2 for 5 days.) Members will decide the number of days they want to borrow tools and pay when they pick up their tools. A-Class tools (Hand Tools) remain free, and can be loaned for up to 10 days.

Why we’re making this change:
– Power tools can now be borrowed for $1 for 24 hours, making power tools more accessible.
– Daily pricing will ensure higher rotation of tools, making them more available to members

2. A New Class of Tools
There are now C-Class tools. C-Class tools will cost $5/day up to 10 days.
VTL has always had A-Class tools (hand tools) and B-Class tools (power tools). The new C-Class will include tools that are high-maintenance or expensive to acquire. The following tools are included in the C-Class: Pressure Washers and Bench-top planer

Why we’re making this change
– Some tools require a lot of maintenance or are expensive to acquire. The new C-Class allows the VTL to properly supply these tools to members!

To learn more, come to our New Pricing Open House on Tuesday, April 26th, 5pm-7pm at the VTL. We will be there to answer any questions about these changes. We’re excited about how these changes will help the VTL evolve!