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Celebrate with Us!

Maker Market & Electronics Recycling Drop-off!

  • Date: July 13, 2024 from 9am to 3pm
  • Location: Ottawa Tool Library, 877a Boyd Avenue (map)
  • Bring your broken electronics for recycling and explore our Maker Market! Participate in our raffle, plus indulge in delicious offerings from food trucks, serving up pizza and ice cream on-site.

Birthday Bash Tickets on Sale Now!

  • Date: September 7th, 2024 at 6pm ’til late
  • Location: Beyond the Pale Brewing Company, 250 City Centre Ave (map)
  • $75 Early Bird tickets available for a limited time, get yours now! $100 per person. Includes food, games, prizes, and a DIY fashion show!

A Decade of Impact

Begun as musings between friends over a drink, the Ottawa Tool Library was founded in 2014. We held information sessions at Impact Hub Ottawa and collected donated tools at a local church before starting an Indigogo campaign to build our first physical location at Ottawa’s City Centre complex.

We later added our OTL WorkSpace in 2017, and went on to host Repair Cafés across the city with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Lee Valley Tools, and more recently the Vanier Community Association, City of Ottawa, and Zibi and its Dream Foundation. In 2019, we added Tinkering School kids camps to our programming. In 2020, the OTL moved to a new and larger space (and our current home) on Boyd Avenue.

In the decade since, we’ve accomplished so much together:

  • 2,900+ memberships since 2014
  • 10,000+ loans made in 2023
  • 8,500+ volunteer hours per year
  • 14,900+ lbs of metal recycled since 2014
  • 2,500+ visitors to our Repair Cafés since 2017
  • 76% success rate at our Repair Cafés
  • 248 youth participants at Tinkering School since 2019

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors!

Thank you to our longtime friends, supporters and once-neighbours from Beyond the Pale Brewing for sponsoring the venue for our 10-year anniversary birthday bash!

Enchanted Booth will be bringing smiles to the party by providing a digital photo booth on September 7, 2024! Be sure to drop by to capture the memories and have some fun!