Go for it!
Need to chat to the librarian when I'm next in there.
Ah, I see.
I love this concept, good luck with it!
@mfashby this is an incredibly good idea
Fantastic idea :) I hope you figure out a decent way to keep lenders off the liability hook if people borrow tools they don't know how to use and get hurt. 'Cause I could see that potentially becoming a problem.
@mfashby we were actually talking about trying to do that with our university recently, there are expensive tools that almost never need use that the university has bought repeatedly due to professors not communicating with each other... And of course opening it to the public would be even better!
@mfashby There are a couple of them around me, one of which I helped (small role) set up. They're pretty great, imho.
I used to work at an organization that would loan people that were starting construction jobs a set of basic hand tools, PPE, and a tool belt. As they started earning money and as they could afford to, they would buy their own set and return the set they'd borrowed.
There are a lot of ways you can take this idea and that can really help people. :)
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