Tool Library Helps You Fix Your Home, Car or Bike

Need to find a giant mallet to use just once for a fence you’re putting in at home? How about some wire cutters or a voltage meter? Whether you need to do some painting, drywalling or those bushes need pruning, you can find the tools to do it at the new CALS tool lending library. You can even use a machine to read your car’s engine codes!

Located at the CALS Dee Brown Library in Little Rock, the tool library allows any card-holding CALS patron 18 and older to check out up to 5 tools at a time, or 3 power tools. The library already holds a wide variety of tools, including rakes, shovels, a pole saw, drills, hammers, trowels, dropcloths, wrenches, car repair gadgets, and safety gear of all kinds. More tools will be entering the catalog soon, including large lawn care power tools.

The tool library also includes a bike repair station outdoors that is accessible at all hours. One Saturday each month, a bike mechanic will be present during tool library hours to hold an open workshop in bike repair (September 21, October 19, November 16).

Books on repairs of all kinds are also part of the tool library and can be checked out to help with projects.

While the tool library is usually staffed on Mondays from 4-8 p.m., Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., tool pickup and return is also available by appointment during the library’s normal hours of operation.  Tools must be picked up and returned only at the Dee Brown Library branch.

To browse our tool collection, go to the CALS catalog at and filter your search by checking “3D object” in the left-hand column. Or, simply type in the name of the tool you need into the online CALS catalog to see if that type of tool is available, e.g. “tile nippers.” Please call the library to place any holds on tools.

Click here for the Tool Library Borrower’s Agreement.

The CALS Dee Brown Library is located at 6325 Baseline Rd, Little Rock, 72209. For more information, please call (501) 568-7494.