SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - The Tool Library works like a traditional library, but lends tools instead of books. Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) offers the year-round service in hopes of providing people with what they need at a reasonable cost and without the hassle of storing items themselves.
The Springfield Tool Library lends out home repair and gardening tools to Springfield residents and community groups for just $20 a year. A membership is valid for an entire year. Residents can borrow up to five tools at once and keep them for one week.
Another thing the Tool Library can help with is spring cleaning. Michelle Hethcoat, the Special Projects Coordinator with CPO, said they accept donations year-round, allowing their inventory to grow. She explained what they look for and what they do with items they can't accept. "If we are going to put them in the Tool Library they need to be in usable condition and stand up to regular hard use," said Hethcoat. "Items with value that we can't use, or that our liability insurance won't let us use, we are happy to take and sell as a fundraiser."
The Tool Library also hosts various events throughout the year, including a quarterly Fix-it Fair and an annual Gearhead Garage Sale.
The Springfield Tool Library is located at 1471 North Benton Avenue. In April, the Tool Library is expected to move to the a shed next to the Community Partnership of the Ozarks main building, located at 330 North Jefferson. The Tool Library is open Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.