Glasgow’s Tool Library lends drills and lawnmowers to help tackle the cost of living crisis


Lawnmowers and drills are among the tools families can borrow from a new kind of “library” to save them from buying new ones as the cost of living crisis continues.

Glasgow Tool Library has saved members between £200 and £333 by loaning out equipment so residents don’t have to buy it.

The Maryhill-based charity aims to expand further to the east and west of the town, encompassing new areas including Parkhead, Dalmarnock, Govan and Ibrox, among others.

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He is looking for partners to offer collection and drop-off points for the tools so that he can reach more people who are struggling to make ends meet.

Chris Strachan, co-director of Glasgow Tool Library, said: “For low-income households, we want to provide more inclusive access to these resources.

Another major objective of the association is to reduce waste and promote the reuse of equipment. So far, there have been 2,296 loans, saving 13 tons of carbon.

The 344-member library currently offers around 1,000 tools, which can be borrowed for one to two weeks.

Expansion plans could see membership triple as new locations are found.

The project, which has been funded by Scotland Loves Local and The Robertson Trust, aims to help the library service reach more people across the city, particularly in areas hardest hit by the cost of living crisis.

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Other equipment that can be borrowed includes hedge trimmers, sanders, wallpaper strippers, planers and edgers, among others.

Membership fees vary from what people can afford to £12 to £20.

Chris added: “Tool Libraries work on a simple but radical idea: borrowing the things we need when we need them, rather than buying them. Our current wasteful economic system is unsustainable and we need to find new ways to access resources.

“This new service provides a really exciting opportunity for Glasgow Tool Library to partner with new organizations or groups to expand its service and bring its resource library to new communities. We look forward to launching the service and the program of events, bringing power tools to the people.

Glasgow Tool Library also runs an events and volunteer program which helps people learn DIY knowledge and basic repair skills.

Resource Libraries have been recommended to the Scottish Government by the Scottish Climate Assembly


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