The Ottawa Tool Library is adding workshop space to the list of things members can borrow.
Starting June 7 and continuing on the first Wednesday of every month, Ottawa Tool Library (OTL) members may borrow all the tools they need for their project and work on their project right on site — in Makerspace North,
250 City Centre, Bay #216.
“One of the reasons lots of people don’t have many tools is because they don’t have anywhere to store [them],” says OTL founder Bettina Vollmerhausen. “That same space issue prevents lots of people from working on their projects. Shop Nights at the Ottawa Tool Library will allow for a space for members to develop their skills, make, build, and create!”
Makers, who must be Ottawa Tool Library members, can reserve workbench space at $5.00/hour, booking and paying for the time slot in advance via Eventbrite. Adults 55+ have free access to the workbenches, but must register in advance.
Once on site, makers can access the expertise and tips of Tool Ninjas and other makers as they work on their projects.
Public Demonstration Nights
The public is also invited to connect with makers, fixers, and DIYers at the newly launching Community and Demo Nights. The Ottawa Tool Library is launching public demonstration nights on the last Monday of every month, anticipating a range of experts to talk about topics like gardening, carpentry, painting, plumbing and more.
The first session will be Monday, May 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The demonstration will start at 7 p.m. and will focus on bikes. The public is welcome to drop in to talk to someone about what the right bike might be for them, as well as basic bike maintenance, and bike safety.
“As much as the Ottawa Tool Library is about providing access to tools for our neighbours in Ottawa, it’s also about building communities and spaces for people to share skills and collaborate,” Bettina notes. “We’re excited by these two new monthly features at our library, and look forward to seeing capacity and skills build, items being repaired and new projects worked on in Ottawa.”
Founded in 2014 by Bettina and Frederic Sune, the Ottawa Tool Library is a non-profit organization and the first large scale project of the the Society for Social Ingenuity. Its vision is to foster a sustainable community by providing an outlet for creativity and prioritizing access over ownership.