Garden Tool Lending Library

Lending Period  | Available Tools

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Tools currently available!


The Thunder Bay Public Library and Roots Community Food Centre have partnered to create Canada's very first Garden Tool Lending Library just for you!
Thunder Bay and area residents with a Thunder Bay Public Library card can check tools out from the two Garden Tool Lending Library locations.

The Garden Tool Lending Libraries operate from May 1st - October 31st and are located at the Brodie Resource Library and the Waverley Resource Library.

Please note:

  • the tools can only be borrowed from their home Community Hub
  • some of the major tools may only be available at one Garden Tool Lending Library

You can place a hold on the tools online, or give us a call at 807-345-8275!

Lending Period

Tools may be borrowed for a one week lending period.  Tools can be renewed for two subsequent lending periods of one week as long as there are no holds on that tool.

Please return your tools cleaned and in the same condition you borrowed them. A fine of $5.00 per tool will apply to tools returned unclean.

Subsequent fees will apply if tools are returned broken or damaged beyond normal wear and tear.

Available Tools 

 Planting and Digging

  • Bulb planter
  • Broadfork
  • Square head shovel
  • Weeding hoe
  • Hand cultivator (3-tine)
  • Hand trowel small
  • Hand trowel large
  • Digging Fork
  • Spade shovel D-Handle
  • Spade Shovel long handle
  • Square planter shovel
  • Seeding hand trowel
  • Multi-purpose hand tool

Weeding and Cutting

  • Action hoe
  • Dandelion weeder
  • Hand pruner
  • Loppers telescoping
  • Pruning hand saw folding (10")
  • Pruning hand saw folding (6")
  • Hand rake (3-tine)
  • Fence post driver
  • Hedge shears
  • Push reel mower

Rakes and Cleaning

  • Bow rake
  • Fan rake
  • Edger
  • Push broom
  • Wheelbarrow

Yard Maintenance

  • Sprinkler timer attachment
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Featherlite ladder
  • Protective eyewear
  • Fencing pliers


  • Junior spade
  • Junior hand tool packs

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