Become a Member

Become a Calgary Tool Library Member
by visiting us in person at 917 Centre Ave NE

 

Membership Types

Community Membership

We have options for all income-levels.
Please visit us to discuss a flexible fee that works for you.
Our greatest value is Accessibility.

  • Available for 6 Months at-a-time
  • Valid photo ID required, Borrower’s Agreement and Release of Liability signed

Basic Membership

$60 Annual Membership + $10 Start-Up Fee

  • One individual in your household may borrow and use tools, up to five (5) at-a-time, one week at-a-time, unlimited uses for one year, for no further fees.*
  • No loan renewals
  • Reservations Available
  • Reasonable Late Fee Policy
  • Eligible for Tool Library Workshops
  • Valid photo ID and Credit Card required, Borrower’s Agreement and Release of Liability signed

Gold Membership

$80 Annual Membership + $10 Start-Up Fee

  • Two individuals in your household may borrow and use tools, up to eight (8) at-a-time, one week at-a-time, unlimited uses for one year, for no further fees.*
  • Unlimited renewals (unless reserved) managed through toolrenewals@gmail.com
  • Reasonable Late Fee Policy
  • Reservations Available
  • Eligible for Tool Library Workshops
  • Valid photo ID and Credit Card required, Borrower’s Agreement and Release of Liability signed
  • A portion of the proceeds go toward subsidizing low-income memberships

Organization Membership

$200 Annual Membership + $10 Start-Up Fee.

  • Up to eight registered individuals may borrow and use tools, up to fifteen (15) at-a-time, one week at-a-time, unlimited uses for one year, for no further fees.*
  • No renewals
  • Reservations Available
  • Reasonable Late Fee Policy
  • Valid photo ID and Credit Card required
  • One organizational signatory party bears responsibility for all late, damaged, or lost tools

Non-Member Usage Policy

  • Unfortunately, a one-time use fee doesn’t fit with our sustainability model, and we would love to have you become a part of our community!
  • To use our community tools, you must have signed the Borrower’s Agreement and Release of Liability as well, so again, no non-member drop-in tool usage.
  • Sorry, but volunteers are not available to support the general public – become a member, and make a friend!

Rules and Borrowing Policy

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Membership Fee Rationale

We are a very modest not-for-profit, and with accessibility as our highest value, membership fees are already discounted as much as possible.

It has taken us five years of continuous operation to reach our break-even point, and to keep offering our service to the Greater Calgary Area, we intend to maintain this fee structure for as long as financially viable.

Due to the size of our budget, we offer domestic-grade (not commercial-grade) tools to the community, and more importantly, we depend on the goodwill, understanding, and patience, on you, our community of Calgary Tool Library Members.

Thank You for Supporting Community Tool-Sharing!

 

*Additional fees may (very rarely) include a small per-usage fee, applied to one or two specific tools (such as the Welder or Thickness Planer) which require uncommonly frequent and/or expensive upkeep. These fees are kept as low as possible, and are designed only to cover costs. We will let you know ahead of time if you wish to borrow one of these special tools.
*Additional fees may also include a lapsed-account penalty: members who have let their fees lapse for a period of greater than 60 days will again be subject to the $10.00 start-up fee.
*Obviously, there are late fees if you fail to bring your tools back on-time.

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