Read our full Rules and Borrowing Policy (scroll down). These may be changed at any time; members will be notified via email and signage in the shop. 


BRING YOUR ID - preferably a driver’s licence. Tools can only be released to paid members who have signed a liability waiver.

Who can use our tools? 

Our tools may only be used by paid members, 18 years of age or older. For liability reasons only the member is to use the tools. 

How may the tools be used?

Tool library tools are for personal projects only, and not for any trade, business, commercial, or rental purposes. 

How long can I borrow and are there late fees?

Up to eight tools may be borrowed for one week. A late fine of $10 per item will be charged on tools not returned on time; you will receive a reminder to return tools the following library day. 

Can I reserve tools in advance?

You can reserve tools online. Reserves must be picked up in the first hour of operation (6-7 pm on Thursdays) or they will be made available to others coming into the library.  

If I am not finished with a tool, can I borrow it for another week?

You may request one, one-week extension by email to  The borrowing period cannot be extended if someone else has already reserved the tool or the tool is already overdue. 

 Loans cannot surpass 2 weeks. 

What if I damage or lose a tool? 

Each time tools are loaned and returned, volunteers inspect for damage and safety hazards. All tools are to be returned clean and in the same condition as they were issued, barring normal wear and tear. Members will be charged for any damage beyond normal wear and tear, or the loss of an item. 



General Guidelines

  • ‘Tool Library’ refers to St. Albert Tool Library and /or The St. Albert Tool Library Society (SATL/SATLS)

  • Signing members, 18 years or older, assume all the risk of any injury to them or another caused by the tools while they have them signed out. Only the members can use the tools.

  • The tools in the Library's collection may not be used for any trade, business, rental, or commercial purposes; exceptions may be given to small businesses at the discretion of the Tool Library.

  • Prior to borrowing tools, all Members must read and sign the St. Albert Tool Library Waiver and Rules and Borrowing Policy. You can do this online when you purchase your membership.

  • Prior to borrowing tools, all Members must inspect the tools and accept that the tools were taken in good and serviceable condition.

  • By taking possession of any tool the Member is certifying that he or she is capable of using that item in a safe and proper manner.

  • The Library reserves the right to refuse the loan of any item.

  • The Library reserves the right to alter the Rules & Borrowing Policy at any time.

  • There are no refunds issued.

Loan Period

  • Tools may be borrowed for a period of up to seven (7) days, with one renewal (14 days total).

  • All tools borrowed are to be returned to the Library by close of business on their due date.

  • Tools may only be returned during the Library's open hours.

  • Members will only be allowed to borrow up to 8 tools at one time.

  • Borrowed tools may be renewed once, either by email, phone, or in person, as long as another member has not reserved the tool or the item is not in high demand.

Overdue Tools

  • If a tool is returned late, the Member will be responsible for a late fee of $10 per tool per week. Late fees are capped at the full replacement cost of the tool plus a $10 administrative fee per tool.

  • Late fees are subject to change and can be waived at the discretion of the Tool Library.

  • All late fees and fines must be paid in full before borrowing additional items.

Damaged and/or Delinquent Tools

  • The Library reserves the right to use appropriate steps to retrieve delinquent tools or unpaid fines and fees, including the use of a collection agency and/or legal action, and assess the delinquent Member with the cost of such action.

  • The Library reserves the right to forgive fees at the discretion of the board.

  • All tools are to be returned in the same condition as they were issued, not including normal wear and tear.

  • All tools must be returned clean.

  • The Member agrees to pay for the loss of or damage to any item and further agrees to accept the Library's assessment of fair restitution for damage, dirtiness, delinquency, and/or loss of items in part or in total. This amount is not limited.


As a courtesy to the next borrower please recharge the battery on any tool you borrow.  We cannot guarantee that rechargeable batteries (on saws, drills, etc.) will be fully charged when tools are loaned out.