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Our Mission

To facilitate self-reliance, civic engagement, and grassroots reinvestment in neighborhoods by empowering residents to affect the positive change they want to see.


A tool library is a non-profit program set up to lend tools out to community members to help them maintain and fix-up their homes and gardens. Tools can range anywhere from hammers, screwdrivers, and shovels to power drills, circular saws, and sanders. Individuals and businesses can donate tools to the program which will then be circulated throughout the neighborhood for a small annual membership fee. This revenue stream helps cover much of the overhead associated with the service.


The University Heights, running from Capen Blvd. to LaSalle Ave. is a dynamic and vibrant neighborhood that has seen incredible changes over its lifetime. Situated in North Buffalo and bordering UB’s South Campus, the highly walkable, diverse, and affordable neighborhood has begun to experience the neglect and disinvestment common to older urban neighborhoods. However, through low cost high impact programs like the Tool Library, residents of the Univeristy Heights and similar neighborhoods in Buffalo can be empowered to make positive changes.


The Tool Library will be open to all residents of Buffalo and it's surrounding suburbs, whether homeowner, or renter. Thus, people looking for an alternative to buying expensive tools that get little use now have this resource at their disposal. Also, a tool library, in its most basic form, exudes the ideals of sustainability and community by lowering reinvesment costs while also fostering greater cooperation and collaboration among neighbors.

How to Join?

For an individual to join the Tool Library the following things are necessary:

  • Valid driver’s license or photo I.D.
  • Piece of mail (to verify residency)
  • Signed membership app. and waiver
  • $10 annual membership fee
  • 2 references with contact information
Businesses and agencies may become Tool Library members by authorizing an individual to take responsibility for borrowing tools and who will provide the following:
Collaborative Home Page Buffalo Tool Library Sponsors Links Membership Application



Tue: 2:00PM - 7:00PM
Wed: 2:00PM - 7:00PM
Thurs: 2:00PM - 7:00PM
Fri: 2:00PM - 7:00PM
Sat : 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Sun: 10:00AM - 2:00PM


Address: 5 W. Northrup Place
Phone: (716) 510-1745

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How To Help:

The tool library is always looking for creative ways to partner with area businesses and residents. If you would be interested in offering a program, sponsoring us, or donating tools / funds to the library, please email us. Sponsporship ideas include logos placed on membership cards, Tool Library literature, or even the tools themselves! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please visit our volunteer page.


Cleaning out your garage or basement? Got some extra tools laying around? The Tool Library is a program of the University Heights Collaborative, a community action group, which has 501(C)(3) non-profit status. That means any donations to the Library, whether monetary or in the form of tools, are tax deductible!