Tool Lending Libraries, as chronicled by The Chronicle, are all the rage these days.
A woman walks into the Berkeley Tool Lending Library with a small baby cradled in one arm and a sledgehammer in the other. It’s an unusual sight for a newcomer, but Robert Young and Angel Entes don’t even raise an eyebrow from behind the checkout desk.
“We get a little bit of everybody,” Young says. “We’re looking at about 250 (new) signups every month, and there’s no such thing as ‘typical’ when it comes to people using the tool-lending library.”
The 31-year-old Berkeley Public Library institution – the oldest continuously running library of its kind in the nation – is more popular than ever and has helped turn the Bay Area into arguably the tool-lending capital of the nation.