Service Announcement

  • All KCPL locations will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 23rd and will remain closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Clendenin Branch hours are changing for the winter.
  • Pop-Up Library Service will end for the season on Wednesday, November 30th.

Tool Lending Library

Welcome to the KCPL Tool Lending Library!

KCPL’s Tool Lending Library in our Main Branch is filled with tools you can borrow with your KCPL Library Card! From hammers to cement mixers, the Tool Library is here to help with all those chores around the house and much more.

What tools and equipment are available to borrow?

Browse our online catalog:

All tools
Hand tools only
Power tools only

Here's a summary of the kinds of items we have available...

sawhorses
steel, claw, synth, and sledge hammers
studsensors
tape measures
levels
pry bars
hand saws
pruning, jig, hack, and circular saws

watering cans
garden hoses
garden scissors
hand cultivators and tillers
hoes and trowels

diagonal and groove pliers
staple guns
punch & chisel kits
flathead or phillips screwdriver sets
wrench sets
allen wrench sets

floor rollers
tile cutters
caulk guns

orbital sanders
angle grinders

clamps
extension cords
hammer, impact, and corded drills
pipe and basin wrenches

How do I reserve an item?

You can place a hold on an item through our online catalog, or request it in-person at the Charleston Library during open hours (Mondays -Thursdays 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM).

Video file

In this video, Head of Reference Services Elizabeth Fraser walks you through how to search our online catalog and limit by material type to find our full list of Tool Library items.

What do I need to know before I borrow?

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must have or register for a KCPL card prior to borrowing.
  • You must read the Tool Lending Library Policy.
  • You must sign the Tool Lending Agreement and Waiver and Indemnification Form and have your West Virginia state or federal ID verified by staff each time you checkout.
  • No more than 7 items may be checked out at any one time (limit of 2 power tools and 5 hand tools). Items must be checked out 30 minutes before closing.
  • The loan period is 14 days.
  • Items cannot be renewed or reserved for a future date.
  • Items must be picked up and returned to the Charleston Library only during open hours. Items may not be picked up from the drive-up window.

Please see the full Tool Lending Library Policy for more detailed information.