BLOOMINTON, IL - The Tool Library continues to make a big impact on Bloomington's West Side.
As part of the West Bloomington Revitalization Project, the Tool Library opened 3 years ago in a small room.
It's a lending program to empower people through repair and maintenance. You can check out a tool, use it, and then return it, all for free.
What started with about 100 tools, has grown to more than 1,000 pieces of equipment ranging from hammers to snow blowers.
The Tool Library has also grown with over 750 members and has loaned more than 3,600 tools.
"They come in and just check out whatever tool they like. It's a joy to see what they do. Often they bring back pictures and just the excitement of the project they've completed with our tools," adds Robert Bosquez, WBRP Community Coordinator.
The Tool Library also hosts a variety of free home improvement workshops to help educate and empower people to maintain and improve their properties.
Tool Library Director Ryan Heeren says the library has created a sense of pride over the years.
"We're unique. We're one of the only libraries like this in Illinois and so I think it creates a real pride to have that here in the community," Heeren says.
Future plans for the library include partnering with Connect Transit to help build benches for all of the West Side's bus stops.
If you're interested in becoming a member or would like to donate a tool please visit www.thetoollib.com for more information.
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