What is a tool library?

Ever find yourself in need of some tools for a project that you’d rather not have to buy outright? The sharing economy is stronger than ever and hoping to make Winchester it’s next home!

A tool library allow patrons to check out or borrow tools, equipment and “how-to” instructional materials, functioning either as a rental shop, with a charge for borrowing the tools. The Valley Makers Association is creating the Shenandoah Valley’s first tool library in Winchester. The VMA is still building this resource for the community and hopes to launch in the Fall. While not yet active, take a look at our inventory so far by following the link below.

How will it work?

You must be 18 years of age or older, be a resident of Winchester City or Frederick County. If you meet these requirements then just bring your driver’s license/state ID or a utility bill/lease agreement to confirm your address. You will then fill out the member application, read and sign a few forms, and then you’re a member!

Members can check out up to 5 tools at a time during the Tool Library’s open hours. You can search for available tools using the library’s online catalog. Tools must be returned to the Valley Maker Association’s Tool Library’s during normal business hours. If tools are returned late a fine will be added to the member’s account. Late fees for Basic hand tools will be charged $1.00 per tool each day overdue. Large/power tools will be charged $3.00 per tool each day overdue.

Review our full list of policies here.