Do you temporarily need a bow saw or a detail sander?

Both of those items are now available at the Victoria Tool Library.

The library opened to the public on Devonshire Road in Esquimalt on Saturday. 

Members can rent a tool for up to seven days and seven tools at a time. 

“The purpose of a tool library is just to give people affordable access to tools, to get them into hands of people who need them so they can try out new projects,” board member, Stephanie Ferguson, said. 

Membership costs are donation-based and will give you access for the full year. 

While it’s a first for the region similar tool libraries are open in cities across Canada and the U.S.

“That concept is just kind of spreading a little bit more as the sharing economy becomes more popular and people just really want access to things rather than owning them,” Ferguson said.

All of the tools are donated by members of the community and the library has created a wish-list of the items it still needs.

“People don’t really know what tools they might need or how they can use them until they actually have access to them and so we’re trying to fill that niche,” Ferguson said.

Registration and the full inventory is available online.