Tool libraries, which started in the 1940s as a communal resource, have once again found popularity amid the explosion of the shared economy trend.
The first known tool library is believed to have started in 1943 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, as an effort to help a younger generation learn how to use tools at a time when equipment was not widely available because of World War II. It was not until the 1970s when more tool libraries were established across the country with notable locations in Columbus, Ohio, and the Berkeley Tool Library in California.
In Missoula, Missouri, a tool library run by the Missoula Urban Demonstration project has more than 2,500 tools to loan members, MTN News reported.
“We have a member who’s making coffee tables, so they needed a lot of pipe clamps or wire clamps,” tool librarian Christian Russell told MTN News. “We’ve had several people come in and outfit their vans, as…