Become a Member

Membership has its privileges – with a membership to the Ottawa Tool Library, you will receive unlimited access to our tools, to take them home to work on any practical or creative projects. Minimum age requirement for memberships is 18 years.

Membership Prices

All prices below include taxes.

  • MONTHLY
    $40
    PER MONTH
    All the benefits of an annual membership, a fraction of the commitment.
    Unlimited access to our tool inventory
    No loan fees on (nearly) all tools!
  • STUDENT
    $160
    PER YEAR
    An annual membership for students: put your smarts to use with our tools.
    Unlimited access to our tool inventory
    Upgrade your space, build new things
    Save 20% on OTL workshop and WorkSpace passes
  • INDIVIDUAL
    $200
    PER YEAR
    An annual membership to the OTL for an individual, our most popular option.
    Giving as a gift? Add an OTL t-shirt for only $10 more!
    Unlimited access to our tool inventory
    Save money and space in your home
    Live more sustainably for the environment
    No loan fees on (nearly) all tools
    Save 20% on OTL workshops and WorkSpace passes
  • HOUSEHOLD
    $250
    PER YEAR
    Double trouble! Add any second person at the same address for only $50.
    Unlimited access to our inventory for both members
    All the benefits of an individual membership, but for two!
    Only available with as annual membership
  • GROUP
    $500
    PER YEAR
    An annual membership for groups and organizations.
    Designed for a non-profit, co-operative, or small business
    Includes up to 5 registered users

Can’t afford a regular membership? Volunteer! It’s not only a great way to learn about tools and connect with great people, but you get a free monthly membership for only 8 hours per month. This can be helping at the front desk, at events, with grant writing, creating content for social media and more! Click here to get involved!

No time to volunteer? In a precarious situation? We’ve introduced a pay-what-you-can membership via the OTL Community FundClick here to apply. Please tell us how much you can afford, and how you will benefit from a membership.

Gift Memberships

Gift FAQ

Terms of Use

A loan period of one week at a time is permitted when borrowing tools, however, members are encouraged to return tools as soon as they are finished. Members can renew any tool once by phone or email, so long as there is nobody waiting for the tool. Late fees will be charged for all tools returned past the due date.

Our Borrowing Policy

Please read our borrowing policy. You will be required to sign it before borrowing your first tool.