Pricing at the Ottawa Tool Library

Since 2015 the Ottawa Tool Library (OTL) has been lending tools at a very affordable rate. It is our mission to engage and empower the community to participate in sharing resources by providing access to tools and skills for everybody.

As the first tool library in Ottawa, much of what we’ve created at OTL is an experiment, this includes our pricing. With a full year of operation under our belt, we have realized that our pricing structure needs to evolve for us to become financially sustainable.

We believe the changes offer the best balance between the financial needs of our volunteer-driven Non-Profit Organization while ensuring our service remains accessible and inclusive.

All prices at OTL include HST.


Individual                              $60

Household membership    $90

Organization                        $200
(up to 5 individual memberships)

Gift package                        $75
(membership + t-shirt or water bottle)

Loan Fees

Power Tools                         $1/day

Special Power Tools           $5/day
(planer, jointer, lathe, power washer)

Hand Tools                           free

Daily pricing will ensure higher rotation of tools, making them more available to our members.

Some tools also require a lot of maintenance. These new prices will allow OTL to maintain these tools so you can enjoy their use.

The borrowing period of up to one week remains the same, with the option to renew for another week, if no one else is in need of the tool.

Late Fees

Hand Tools                           $1/day

Power Tools                         $2/day

Special Power Tools           $5/day


T-shirt                                              $25

Water bottle                                     $25

Gloves                                                $7

Sanding paper                                 $ 1.50

Belt Sander sanding paper           $5

We’re excited about how these changes will help the Ottawa Tool Library evolve.


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