Portland, Maine, has a Tool Library, which is great idea for urban areas where apartments don’t have much room. There’s a piece about it in today’s Portland Press-Herald (right here) – it sounds like a makerspace where you do the making elsewhere and with an emphasis on cooking that it won’t find at MakeIt Labs.
Like a makerspace, picking each other’s brains is part of the appeal:
The patrons took an interest in one another’s projects and offered advice about appropriate tools and how to tackle daunting home or garden projects. Members drive the direction of the library, too. If enough people want a rototiller, then the library will (and did) acquire one. A wish list of desired donations – knife sharpener, fabric steamer, saw horses – hangs in the library.