WHAT IS BELFAST TOOL LIBRARY?
It’s a library of tools. In Belfast!
Belfast Tool Library is the first tool lending library in Northern Ireland. Tool Libraries work just like any other library. You become a member and then you can borrow tools.
We’re not-for-profit, and are applying to become a charity.
The team behind BTL are all volunteers. We’re from lots of different backgrounds, but share the same passion to build community, and to share skills and resources. There’s definitely a few tool geeks among us too - but you would expect that, right?
We’re located at the former Belfast Met/Rupert Stanley Building in the old woodwork workshop. After lying empty for some years, the building has been taken over by Vault Artist Studios, and brought back to life. It is off the Newtownards Road and close to the centre of Belfast with parking available.
Our goals are simple. We want to:
Promote DIY, making and repair skills through the sharing of tools
Make Belfast a more sustainable city
Create opportunities for learning and development
Bring people together, regardless of who they are or where they come from
Sounds great, right?
We plan to have a community workshop which is open to members, a space for working on your own projects and learning new skills. The workshop will have larger fixed tools and equipment available for members to use. In the future, we hope to run classes in DIY, making, building and safely using tools.
Belfast Tool Library received a set up grant from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme, for which we are very grateful. We are also indebted to all our supporters, volunteers and those who donated tools.
Our ongoing costs will be met by donations and the support of members. You can join Belfast Tool Library today below.