Fix a Bike, Take a Survey, and Keep the Rubber Side Down

Nick, from the Tool Lending Library at the Temescal Branch, gives an update on all the newest news!

You may have seen our amazing Tool Lending Library in the news recently.  Well, today I have the pleasure of giving my blog over to Nick Raymond, the Library Assistant who keeps the Tool Lending Library in tip top shape!  He wants to share with you some tool library updates:

This winter will mark the 15th year of operation for the Temescal Tool Lending Library, and business is brisker than ever! This summer we extended the loan period for most of our tools (to 7 days), hosted a visiting scholar (see below), and registered our 20,000th patron!

With a generous gift from the Friends of the Tool Lending Library, we recently augmented our in-house bicycle repair collection to include a repair stand, wheel truing stand, and other handy items. This fall, we’ll also debut a circulating collection of bike tools: cone wrenches, chain tools, crank pullers, freewheel tools, and plenty more. Special thanks to Richard and Charlotte at Tip Top Bike Shop for their time and expertise in helping establish the collection!


To celebrate, we’ll be hosting a one-hour bicycle maintenance class on Saturday, December 6th at noon. An instructor from Bike East Bay will be on hand to demonstrate preventive maintenance and basic repair techniques. Pre-registration is available and encouraged for this FREE event.

Earlier this month Monika Antonelli, a librarian and associate professor from Minnesota State University, visited for a few days to study our operations as part of her research into how tool libraries are being used, and how patrons feel about the resources and services being provided. Monika would like to invite additional Oakland Tool Lending Library users to participate in her ground-breaking study through a short online survey. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. All data collected will be kept confidential.

Thanks for reading, and keep the rubber side down!

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