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Celebrating 1 Year!

We can't believe it's been a whole 12 months since East Linton Tool Library first opened its doors!

We'd researched the logistics, sought advice from the pros at Edinburgh Tool Library and others in the Share and Repair Network, but it was all a bit of an unknown...

Did the people of East Linton and surrounding areas really want a Tool Library? Would they pay £25 per year membership?

Would we have the tools they need?

Would all the great theory translate into practice?

Over the last year, membership has steadily increased and we are delighted to have almost 70 members from all corners of East Lothian!

In 12 months, we've had 412 loans of 218 items!

We think that the answer to the above questions must be 'Yes!'

Our volunteers (Chris, Jennifer, Brian, Bob, Hanna, Martin, Dave, Muriel, Malcolm and Liz) have juggled an array of tasks with dedication, energy and good humour - mastering the online loaning system Myturn; repairing donations; electrical testing; cleaning; engaging in numerous other 'extracurricular' pursuits, taking DIY out into the community to build a bug hotel at East Linton Primary and delivering a bird box workshop at West Barns Primary.

Since the Tool Library opened, we've been keeping a record of which tools are most popular and what projects our members have been working on:

In 1st place...

followed closely in 2nd place by...

and in 3rd place...

Among the wide variety of projects our members have embarked upon and - with the help of tools from ELTL - completed, we have:

  • Dismantling rotten old shed

  • Path cleaning

  • Hedge pruning

  • Building a mud kitchen

  • Laying cable underneath flagstone path

  • Paint stripping from East Linton phone box for Climate Action East Linton

  • Kitchen tile job

  • Replacing window panes in East Linton phone box for Climate Action East Linton

  • Assembling a new shed

  • Gardening cleanup

  • Hedge removal

  • Replacement of tap cartridge to fix leaky tap

  • Reclaiming old masonry and bricks for re-use

  • Refurbishing woodwork on a painted bed

  • Removing old wire fence from a tree that had grown around it

  • Woodworking to accommodate wiring

  • Upholstery work

  • Cleaning up and finishing half a barrel for a garden project

  • Clearing high grass surrounding newly planted trees

  • Knife sharpening

  • Putting up shelves in a garage

  • Grass cutting

  • Digging through a concrete floor to allow replacement of lead pipes

  • Garden maintenance

  • Making garden planters out of offcuts of decking planks

  • Looking for buried wire

  • Ripping up manky old carpet in new house

  • Tall tree and hedge pruning

  • Gutter maintenance

  • Fixing a leaking mixer tap

  • House renovation

  • Breaking up concrete while digging trench for ground source heat pump

  • Blocked sink

  • Digging through concrete floor to allow replacement of lead pipes

  • Laying wooden floor in camper van

  • Building stud wall

  • Fixing aerial connection

  • East Linton Phone Box seed swap prep

  • Loft Access

  • Patio Cleaning

  • Making bookshelves and raised bed/planters

  • Building base for shed

  • Fitting security bolts to window

  • Cleaning decking

  • Window refurbishment

  • Van conversion

Why Buy when you can Borrow?

If you'd like to sign up for membership right now, go here We also do Gift Subscriptions, which you can find here

To view our full inventory, go here

Become a member of East Linton Tool Library for £25 pounds per year and you'll:​

  • Save money

  • Reduce CO2 emissions

  • Reduce waste going to landfill

  • Learn new skills

  • Join a community of people working to create a circular economy

Thank you to all who have supported us by joining East Linton Tool Library over the past year. If there are things you think we can be doing better or particular tools you think we should have in our inventory, please let us know!

And, of course, a massive thank you to our exceptional volunteers, for your hard work and team spirit; for making it happen!

Year 2, we're ready for you!

Our volunteers are knowledgeable and always happy to help with any questions and offer advice. Opening hours are 5-7pm on Tuesdays and 10-12 midday on Saturdays. If you're thinking of becoming a member but aren't sure, come along and find out more.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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