It takes a community.

With your support, we can build a meaningful space that will provide all Chicagoans with the equal opportunity to fix their bike, re-tile their bathroom, or build a garden.

We’re very grateful for your contributions of money, tools, or time.


Have tools you don’t need?

We are actively seeking tool donations! Consider donating new or used tools to us and know that your donated item will serve an entire community of individuals and families. We have a broad definition of what makes a “tool”. Our inventory will include a broad range of tools and equipment for building, fixing, and creating with a focus on equipment that is either bulky to store, expensive to purchase, or rarely used by the average person.

We ask that tool donations meet the following criteria:

  • the tool will help you accomplish a task or project

  • in good working condition

  • movable by a single person (in order to take it home and borrow it)

  • in demand/asked for by the community

  • not powered by gasoline or kerosene

The bulk of our tool inventory will be made up of donated tools! Here are some donations we would love to accept:

  • Air compressor

  • Angle grinder

  • Arc welder

  • Auger

  • Belt sander

  • Broad fork

  • Buckets

  • Cable cutters

  • Camping equipment

  • Cement mixer

  • Cider press

  • Clamps

  • Compound miter saws

  • Corded drills

  • Cordless drills (with battery!)

  • Crimpers

  • Files

  • Floor sander

  • Food dehydrator

  • Hedge shears

  • Ice cream maker

  • Impact driver

  • Laser level

  • Lawn coring aerator

  • Levels

  • Loppers

  • Metal cutters

  • Motorcycle and car jacks

  • Nail gun

  • Photography light box

  • Pipe cutters

  • Planers

  • Pliers

  • Pole saw

  • Post hole digger

  • Power washer

  • Push mower

  • Router

  • Rubber mallet

  • Sawzall

  • Serger

  • Shop vac

  • Stud finder

  • Table saw

  • Tampers

  • Tile saws

  • Tiller

  • Trowels

  • Video projector

  • Vitamix

  • Weed whacker

Tool donations can be brought to the Tool Library at 1048 W 37th Street during open hours only (please no after-hours drop-offs) on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. If you would like to arrange another time for a donation drop-off, please email

Please note that we cannot accept every tool and we reserve the right to turn away, redistribute, or sell tools we cannot use, easily service/repair, or have space to store.


Corporate Sponsorship

Your organization can demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, community-empowerment, and resource equity through our corporate sponsorship opportunities.

The Chicago Tool Library is committed to providing equitable access to tools to support our mission to foster creativity, repair, sharing, growth, and mindfulness about waste and consumerism in the city of Chicago. We offer a variety of opportunities for businesses, organizations, corporations and foundations to fulfill their philanthropic, community, and marketing objectives through sponsorships, grants, and in-kind and unrestricted contributions.

Support for The Chicago Tool Library can help your company or organization fulfill your charitable goals, build brand recognition and loyalty from our library visitors, members, and participants in our programming and workshops.

The Chicago Tool Library is a tax-exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For more information about becoming a sponsor of The Chicago Tool Library, please email