Tool Library

Become A Member - Borrow Tools - Make Your Own Home Repairs

Click above to view every tool available in our library.  Members can also renew and reserve tools.

Click here to Apply online!

Tool Library Program Open Hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
12-6pm

Walk-ins are welcome during open hours only. Reservations can be made online following the below procedures.  We still require face masks and 6ft distancing for all who enter the building.

3 ways to RESERVE tools ahead
FIRST you must become a member to reserve tools

1) Place your reservation online using your Tool Catalog account login. Choose your pick-up date in the process. You receive an auto-confirmation email.  Come during the open hours of the pick-up date you choose and your reservation will be waiting.  Our staff will only contact you directly if there is a problem with a reserved item. 
2) Call 216-381-6100 ext. 16 for the Tool desk.  Tell our staff what tools you want to reserve.  Note: Staff will only receive and respond to communication during open hours.
3) Email toollibrary@hrrc-ch.org.  Tell our staff what tools you want to reserve.  Note: Staff will only receive and respond to communication during open hours.

toollibrary@hrrc-ch.org
phone: (216) 381-6100 ext. 16

2520 Noble Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44121

Membership Costs

Annual Cost of Membership

Regular Member:  $25

Sustaining Member:  $50,  $75,  or $100

Sustaining Members are our backbones!  Your extra dollars provide financial stability to this shared community resource.  Please become a Sustaining Member today!

Other Possible Fees

See User Agreement for explanation

Cleaning Fee: $5 per dirty tool

Late Fees
Hand tools: $0.50 per day
Power tools: $1.00 per day
Priced tools: same charge as 1 week loan

Repair Fee: Varies

View the User Agreement  for everything you need to know.  Note: not everyone is eligible to join the Tool Library – see tab “Who is eligible?”
Here is a short list from the User Agreement:

  • Our tool inventory consists of hundreds of tools.  Most tools are FREE to borrow. Few high-maintenance tools cost money to borrow, but at low prices.  See our online tool catalog for specific pricing.
  • Tools are checked out and returned during open hours only.
  • All tools are loaned for 7-day time periods.  You can return tools early.
  • If tools are returned past their due date, you will be charged late fees.
  • You may renew tools online, by phone, or in-person, as long as they are not reserved.
  • If tools are returned dirty or broken (beyond normal wear & tear), you will be charge cleaning or repair fees.
  • HRRC staff keep all tools repaired and maintained for community use. Please know the extra fees we charge pay for this upkeep.
  • You must purchase your own consumables – tools do not include disposable parts: power saw blades, sandpaper, vacuum filters, grinding wheels, etc.  These are indicated on the online tool catalog.
  • We also provide free in-person tutorials on how to use library tools, and we have “how-to” handouts for specific projects.

To be eligible for Tool Library Membership, you must be one of these:

  • A student of HRRC’s Home Repair Classes
  • A student who completed HRRC’s Home Buyer series
  • A resident of one of our partner cities:
    • Cleveland Heights
    • Shaker Heights
    • Euclid
    • Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland
  • Plus a few more partnerships!  Call our office to see if you qualify. Or submit an application to see.

 All members must be 18 years of age or older

 Landlords and multiple-property owners are eligible for membership to maintain their properties (if they meet one of the above requirements)

 Contractors are not allowed to use library tools for jobs. They may use it for their own living space (if they meet one of the above requirements)

Download the Application to apply. Or Click here to Apply online!  Note: not everyone is eligible to join the Tool Library – see tab “Who is eligible?”

  1. Complete a Tool Library Application and submit it to HRRC by email, fax, mail, or in-person.
  2. HRRC Staff will check your application for eligibility and approve or deny it.
  3. If approved, we will give you instructions on how to pay your yearly Membership Dues by cash, card, or check.
  4. Begin checking tools out. You can reserve and renew tools on our online catalog.
  5. Once a year, we will bug you to update your contact info and pay yearly Membership Dues.

It is possible to complete all initial steps at once and borrow tools in the same trip.  Our application process is quick. Walk-ins are welcome during Tool Library Open Hours.

All members must show a picture ID when picking tools up to borrow.  This protects your account.

*Note: Our application asks for multiple pieces of identifying information.  Please do not feel offended.  We do this so we can responsibly manage this shared community resource.  Many of our tools are expensive to buy and maintain.  To prevent theft, and hold our members accountable to the whole community, we keep identifying records on our membership and tool inventory.  We do not share your private information with anyone.*

Tool Library

Tool Library Application
  • To be eligible for Tool Library Membership, you must be one of these. Please check the one that applies to you:
  • NO Social Security Numbers please
  • For our online Tool Catalog. If you choose to create a username and password, you will be able to log onto the catalog and reserve tool, renew tools, or check any balances you may have. If you want this ability, please create a username & password here (keep a record for yourself). 3-25 characters long. LETTERS & NUMBERS ONLY
  • 6-64 characters long with at least 1 letter and 1 number. It cannot contain your username