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Published June 24th 2017
Why Buy Tools When You Can Borrow Them
Toolo The Blue Mountains Tool Library is open in Katoomba. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
There's many hidden surprises down the laneways of Katoomba; tucked away at 8 Froma Lane is Toolo - The Tool Library.
Created as a charity to serve the needs of local artists in a sustainable and community-based program, Toolo has grown to include innovative workshops such as 3D printing, bicycle workshops and tool safety, for those wanting to explore new tools and how to use them.
They offer an Artist in Residence program to give emerging artists an opportunity to utilise studio space whilst having easy access to the tools required to create amazing art.
The tools available aren't just spanners and saws. The Tool Library encompasses everything from cameras to sewing machines and from guitars to jewellery kilns.
Of course, angle grinders, hammer drills, ladders and table saws are all available to borrow should you require them.
The tool library works well for those one-off D.I.Y. projects on a tight budget, where buying a new hand tool would mean it then just sits in the garage gathering dust, once the job is complete.
Follow the tool signs to Toolo in Katoomba. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
From just $9.95/month for a standard membership or $7/month student concession, you can borrow any tool you require from the Blue Mountains Tool Library. There are different memberships available pending your need. If you know you'll be using the library a lot you can sign up for a year in advance and receive a discount.
You'll know when you're close by the painted tool path. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
Access to Toolo for vehicles is via College Lane which is off Park St (the turn off between the wine shop and the Cultural Centre). There is limited parking outside, otherwise there is free parking nearby in the Katoomba shopping centre car park.
Tools may be borrowed for a week, after which late fees may apply.
Bits and bobs to borrow at Toolo Tool Library, Katoomba. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
Toolo is open Saturdays from 9am - 1pm as it's staffed by volunteers. You can check their inventory list here. If there's something specific you are after, you can always email them to see whether they have it in stock or when it's due back.
the Toolo Tool Library is at 8 Froma Lane Katoomba. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.