Karen’s Deck Refurb

VTL member and DIY superstar Karen took on her back deck, and the results were awesome!! With just a belt sander and some elbow grease, she was able to bring this deck to the next level.




VTL Reopening

The Vancouver Tool Library is reopening Saturday May 2 for regular shop hours.

It is with great excitement that we announce our plan to reopen the shop! We took this time to do some spring cleaning and painting, and get things ready to come back better than ever!! After much deliberation and careful discussion, we have come up with a plan that we believe will protect our volunteers and members, while opening our doors and enabling you to get the tools you need to complete various projects during these trying times.

In order to build our library back up, and disinfect our inventory, we will be open for returns only on Tuesday April 28, Wednesday April 29, and Thursday April 30 from 4:00 – 8:00PM. Members are encouraged to bring back any tools you currently have out, and there will be no late or extension fees applied for time out over the shut down.

On Saturday May 2, we will open for regular shop hours and resume operation as usual. There will be some changes to how we run, in the interest of keeping everyone safe:

1. Only one person will be allowed in the shop at a time. We would suggest coming prepared with a list of what you’re looking for, or calling ahead to speed up the process. If you’re uncomfortable entering the shop, the volunteer at the desk will gather the tools and place them at the front door for you.

2. Please line up in front of the shop along the hash marks placed on the ground, and maintain the recommended social distance of 2m or 6″.

3. Payment by credit or debit card preferred, but we will continue accepting cash if necessary as we would like to limit barriers to accessing our tools.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our manager Laine Hughes at manager@vancouvertoollibrary.com

Stay safe out there!!




COVID-19 Update

Hello VTL members past/present/future!!

We are following the news and reports on the COVID-19 situation, and it’s really heartening to see that all our social distancing measures are having an impact and indeed “flattening the curve” to some extent! It’s really important that we recognize what good these efforts are having, as we all know they certainly haven’t been easy to implement.

The VTL Board of Directors and management are in constant contact, and monitoring the situation carefully. At this point we have decided to remain closed for now, and are uncertain when we will re-open. It is our hope that it won’t be too much longer, but we care about our community and will do everything we can to keep our volunteers and members safe.

Tuesday Work Space hours at the Wood Shop Co-op are postponed indefinitely, and credits will be applied to make up for these dates. All tools will be renewed with zero extension fees or late charges. Please contact our general manager Laine Hughes at manager@vancouvertoollibrary.com if you have any questions or comments.

Keep on social distancing, and together we will get through this!!!