The Library will be CLOSED Monday, May 21. Enjoy the long weekend!

Our next Repair Café will be Saturday, June 16th from11:00am to 4:00pm.
You can find more information here.

Maker Day July 15

Community & Demo Nights are the last Monday of the month.
You can find more information here.

Donate Funds

Consider making a donation to the Ottawa Tool Library. As a registered non-profit, every dollar we raise goes back into our community space and success of our library.

Opening Hours

Mondays 6pm – 9pm
Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm

Saturdays 10am – 1pm
Find the directions to the tool library here

Phone number: 613-868-0178
(only answered during opening hours, no voicemail)

Upcoming Events

May
21
Mon
Library Closed – Enjoy the Holiday!
May 21 all-day
May
23
Wed
Ottawa Tool Library Open (Wed.) @ Ottawa Tool Library
May 23 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Come in! We are open… 

May
26
Sat
Ottawa Tool Library at the Great Glebe Garage Sale
May 26 @ 08:00 – 15:00

We’ll be back at the Great Glebe Garage Sale again this year selling overstock tools and other cool stuff. Come by and say hi, learn more about the OTL, and grab some great deals!

This year, we’ll be joined by the folks from Boomerang Bags Ottawa so you can find out more about this great initiative to share sewing skills and reduce waste.

366 Third Ave. between Percy and Chrysler Streets. Find out more about this annual sale!

Ottawa Tool Library Open (Sat.) @ Ottawa Tool Library
May 26 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Come in! We are open… 

May
28
Mon
Ottawa Tool Library Open (Mon.) @ Ottawa Tool Library
May 28 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Come in! We are open… 

Community & Demo night – Learn To Mend @ Makerspace North
May 28 @ 18:30 – 21:00

 

Repair don’t toss! Swap, don’t shop!

Bring clothing or textiles in need of repair, and learn how to sew, darn, felt, and patch your way back to useable clothing through one-on-one and hands-on demonstrations. Browse used clothing and yarn/knitting supplies while you wait at the concurrent swap event, and bring your own unwanted items to contribute. Drinks and snacks provided.

First come, first fixed! All welcome to take part in the swap and watch demonstrations, without bringing items to fix. Tickets not required to take part in the swap, only if you want to bring an item to learn to mend.

Due to limited space, please bring only one item per person. Remember to bring the right color of thread or yard, buttons, zippers and any other replacement parts you might need to mend your item!

Swap rules:

  • no limit to how much you can bring or take, but no hoarding of items or taking items to sell later.
  • items will be loosely sorted into type, youth/children, infants, accessories, footwear, linens/housewear and outerwear – please help us out by place your items accordingly when you arrive or directing one of the volunteers as to where items belong.
  • items should be relatively clean – from storage is okay as long as there are no strong odours or other storage related issues.
  • damaged items are okay to bring.
  • leftover items will be repurposed or donated to charity.
  • bring a bag or two (or more) to take home your items.
  • bags can be left in the designated “claimed” area during browsing/repairs – do not remove items from other people’s bags.
  • if you’re bringing things to swap, come at 6pm to organize your clothes/yarn.

A collaborative, and free, event by Sustainable Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Tool Library!

Donations to either, or both, organizations welcome, but not required.

If you haven’t been to the tool library, be sure to check out the directions and accessibility information here. We’re kinda tricky to find. ;)

With thanks to our partners, Makerspace North.

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