Rules and Regulations

Oakland Tool Lending Library

Rules and Regulations

You can borrow:

  • Two tools on your first visit
  • Ten tools at a time after you return your first two on time
  • Up to three power tools at a time


Only residents or property owners of the cities of Oakland, Piedmont and Emeryville over the age of 18 years are eligible to borrow tools from the Tool Lending Library (TLL).


You have to register at OTLL before you can borrow tools.
You will need to show a valid Oakland Public Library Card, current photo identification, and address verification.
You will need to fill out and sign a waiver.

Address Verification

You will need to verify your address with one of the following to complete registration.

  • Current lease or rental agreement (with patron's name listed as tenant)
  • Current utility bill (with the patron's name listed)
  • Current tax bill (in patron's name) identifying ownership of property in Oakland, Piedmont, or Emeryville

If residence in Oakland, Piedmont, or Emeryville cannot be verified any other way, the patron must come to the library and fill out a self-addressed Oakland Tool Lending Library postcard. When you get the postcard in the mail, you can bring it in to verify your address.

Patrons who rent mailboxes must provide proof of residency or property ownership in Oakland, Piedmont, or Emeryville before being granted privileges at the Oakland Tool Lending Library.

Borrowing Rules

  1. All tools and equipment lent by the TLL are the property of the Oakland Public Library. Only the borrower is authorized to use the tools. The borrower shall not permit the use of said tools by any other person except by the written permission of the TLL.
  2. The borrower agrees that the Oakland Public Library is not responsible for any manufacturing defects in quality of workmanship or materials inherent in any borrowed tools.
  3. The borrower agrees that if the borrowed tool becomes unsafe or in a state of disrepair, the borrower will immediately discontinue use of the tool and return it to the TLL.
  4. Before borrowing any tool or piece of equipment, the borrower shall sign a form or WAIVER AND INDEMNIFICATION to be provided by the library, which will be kept on file at the TLL. The borrower acknowledges that he or she is capable of using the tools in a safe and proper manner.
  5. The loan period for tools is seven days. The borrower agrees to return any borrowed item on or before the due date in the same condition, normal wear and tear excepted, as when it was borrowed. The borrower agrees to pay for the loss or damage to any tool on loan to him or her. The borrower further understands that fines of up to $5 per day will be levied for each item kept past the due date. Repeated failure to return tools on time may result in revocation of borrowing privileges. The library reserves the right to limit the number of tools borrowed and to alter the maximum loan period.
  6. If the borrower wishes to renew the loan of the tool, he or she may do so on or before the due date by contacting the Tool Lending Library or renewing online. If the tool is not needed back in stock, it may be borrowed for an additional loan period. The librarian reserves the right to refuse or limit renewals. Up to three consecutive renewals may be made, dependent upon the status of the item.
  7. If a tool is not immediately available for loan, the borrower may make a reserve request through TLL staff to have the tool when it becomes available. Reserve requests will be handled in the order received. If a tool is available, the borrower may phone the TLL and have the tool put on hold for two business days. If the borrower fails to come for the tool as agreed, the library may lend the tool to another borrower. Tools will not be reserved for a future date. Seasonal demands may affect reserve policies. The library reserves the right to alter or suspend any of the above reserve policies.
  8. When tools are not returned by the designated due date, a fine of up to $5 per day will incur. If the tools are not returned thirty days after the due date, the borrower will be billed and appropriate steps will be taken to retrieve them, including by collection agency and/or legal action.  Click here to read fines and fees policies for the Tool Lending Library.
  9. The Tool Lending Library retains the right to refuse the loan of any item for failure to comply with any of the above rules and regulations, or for falsification of any information.
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