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Thank you!

The Gabriola Tool Library would like to acknowledge a recent generous donation of power tools from the Gabriola Arts Council . In the true spirit of community sharing, these tools were donated to the GTL after being used in construction of the Jackpine log cabin .

The benefits realized by members of the Tool Library will be significant, and hopefully used in a number of member projects on Gabriola.

Once again, thanks goes out to the Gabriola Arts Council for continuing to help make Gabriola a special place to live and create!

Library reopening

The Tool Library will be reopening Saturday June 20th with shorter hours. We will be in open on Saturdays only from 10:00 am to noon.

We will have COVID measures in place such as social distancing:

  • Members must remain outside the shed. Adjacent to the pathway, there will be 6 feet spacing marked on the grass.
  • A Tool Library volunteer will be outside to receive and disinfect returning tools.
  • A second volunteer will be inside the shed doing computer work and pulling and re-shelving tools.

To minimize wait times, we request that you reserve items ahead of time if possible.

Cash, cheque and e-transfer will be accepted. For those with overdue tools, please return them as soon as possible

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

The Gabriola Tool Library Board

Library Closing Temporarily

It has been decided to suspend tool library services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The library is now closed and will remain so for the time being. We will continue to monitor information and guidance from officials to decide when it will be prudent to reopen.

If you presently have tools out on loan, we ask that you keep them until we notify you that we are open for business again. Be assured that late fees will not be charged during the time of our shutdown and ask that you ignore any automated e-mails during the shutdown that you may receive regarding late fees.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Gabriola Tool Library Board

Tool Library CLOSED for Cultivate Festival, August 31

There will be a lot going on at the Commons throughout the Labour Day long weekend – come down and enjoy music, theatre, art and play of all kinds. The tool library will NOT BE OPEN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, but will be back to regular hours 5 – to 7 p.m. on the following Tuesday, September 3rd. Borrowers will not be charged overdue fees for items due on August 31 – but please get them back on the following Tuesday so others can borrow them.

The pergola is up! What’s it for, you ask?

At last! a cool place to hang out and talk tools

This handsome structure is intended to give us the space to interact, exchange advice, give tool demonstrations, and generally hang out to talk about our projects: everything we wanted to be able to do when we built the shed, but had to sacrifice a porch because we chose to keep the size of the building below that needed for a costly building permit.

Tremendous thanks to the volunteers on the pergola crew: Rob Guinevan, Peter Hellenius, Kathleen Kane, Tom Keane, Mel Matthies, Saxe Mitchell, and all those passersby who offered advice, held a ladder, or took photos!

Also thanks to Kim Kasasian, the Beautifier of the Commons, for her hand-made signs. Kim also suggested we might need a tool sculpture on the back of the shed to give it some visual interest when viewed from the street – ideas, anyone?

Now to get the stain on, plants chosen, benches made, and workshops scheduled. Help — and advice — always welcome.