About OTL

The Ottawa Tool Library is a non-profit tool lending library in the heart of Ottawa – providing tools, expertise and a workspace for projects. We’re located within Makerspace North on the upper level of City Centre in Centretown. We’re accessible by public transit and have parking at the front of the building. We now have a dedicated WorkSpace at OTL where you can work on your personal projects whenever the OTL is open.

We also host events like Repair Cafés; Demo Nights on leather working, bike repair, canning or zero-waste living; and workshops for all ages to introduce topics including plumbing, sewing, and drywall repair.

Our Tool Hospital

Our Tool Hospital is named after our friend, volunteer and first Tool Doctor, Phil – we called him “Dr. Phil”. He was involved almost from the outset, as we cleaned tools in a church garage in 2015. Once we had a space, he spent hundreds of hours erecting walls, building and rebuilding shelves to accommodate our growing inventory, cleaning and maintaining tools, teaching and quizzing many of us about what they were and how to use them. Phil in his ‘Canadian tuxedo’, his minivan and later his Vespa scooter were all fixtures at the OTL.

Phil passed in 2019, but not before making an indelible impression on the OTL and our community. His absence from the OTL is deeply felt, but his memory lives on in the OTL. We renamed his beloved Tool Hospital the Dr. Phil Yang Memorial Tool Hospital in his memory and affixed a plaque so that every visitor knows his incredible contribution to the OTL.

We miss you, dear friend. Thanks for everything.

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