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:
Compound miter saws
Cordless drills (with battery!)
Ice cream maker
Lawn coring aerator
Motorcycle and car jacks
Photography light box
Post hole digger
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.
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 email@example.com