New tool lending library puts hammers in hands

Need to make a home repair but don’t have the right tool for the job? Soon, you’ll be able to borrow it.

Rebuilding Together New Orleans — a program of the Preservation Resource Center — will get hammers in the hands of those who need them through a new tool lending library opening at The Green Project. The library is made possible thanks to a partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Located on the second floor of The Green Project’s warehouse store, at 2831 Marais St., the library will be a place for carpenters and builders of all skills to borrow hand and power tools at no cost or a limited cost. The space, which was once home to volunteer housing after Hurricane Katrina, will feature an open workshop area for those who prefer to use the tools on site. It also will include a classroom for weekend woodworking courses and more.

Following the model of The Green Project’s store, the library will feature a mix of gently used and new tools. Items come from a combination of donations from Lowe’s and from Rebuilding Together New Orleans, as well as contributions from the community. From hammers to table saws to lawnmowers to impact drivers, if there’s a need, there’s a tool.

Volunteers will work on renovating the library space as part of Rebuilding Together New Orleans’ October Build event, presented by Chevron. The space will be unveiled to the public on Oct. 5 during a community resource fair.

For more information about the tool lending library and future classes, check The Green Project website.