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La Remise Crowdfunds Villeray, Montreal's First Tool Sha...

La Remise Crowdfunds Villeray, Montreal's First Tool Sharing Library

On occasion who doesn’t need tools for a carpentry, gardening or renovation project? Rather than being forced to buy these tools, the people of Montreal will soon have access to a wide range of cheap equipment thanks to La Remise, a tools library, which plans to open its doors in Villeray, Montreal this spring. Such tool libraries

Collection of hand tools

On occasion who doesn't need tools for a carpentry, gardening or renovation project? Rather than being forced to buy these tools, the people of Montreal will soon have access to a wide range of cheap equipment thanks to La Remise, a tools library, which plans to open its doors in Villeray, Montreal this spring.

Such tool libraries exist elsewhere in Canada and the United States, notably in Toronto, Vancouver and Portland.

Managed by volunteers, the library of La Remise's cooperative should begin its activities this May, in time for the gardening season and the period of renovations and moving.

The principle is simple. In order to become a member of La Remise, the user must pay $10, to which a yearly subscription fee of $60 will be added, explains Blaise Remillard, the spokesperson of the citizen group that came up with the project. The inventory of available tools will be available on the website. Fixed period borrowing - a few weeks - will be free of cost, but a late return will incur fees like traditional libraries.

Notably, one will find carpentry, welding, gardening and bike repair tools in this library. The inventory could also include kitchen gear, camping material and sound equipment.

For the time being, the organization does not intend to invest in the purchase of sophisticated equipment, like a laser cutter or a 3D printer, preferring to favor more "domestic" activities.

IMGP3658  Do It Yourself 2.0 - Furniture. Workshop about creating furniture with digital fabrication and CNC organised by Fab Lab Tricity, Gdańsk, Poland.

La Remise will also offer training activities. "This goes from reparing one's toaster to cleaning one's computer, building furniture or fixing up one's bike," indicates Blaise Remillard. The organization also intends to avail itself of an atelier in order to allow its subscribers to work on site.

The project incorporates practical and economical advantages, which provide citizens access to tools that they would have otherwise bought and that will not end up cluttering their closets uselessly. But the group also has other ambitions - to promote ecological values, counter overconsumption, and create a meeting place for citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

In the works for a year, the La Remise project came from citizens of the "Villeray In Transition" group, which especially concerns itself with global warming and the dependence on oil.

A social financing campaign, with the objective of collecting $22,000 CAD, was launched on Friday, February 13th at the Pub Le Pourvoyeur (184, Rue Jean-Talon Est) so that La Remise would become operational in May.

Would a tool library benefit your community? Does your community have an established tool library? Share your stories and thoughts in the comments below. 

Original article, originally published in French, here.

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Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D...

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