Vancouver's Leader in Transition toward Strong, Resilient, Complete Communities
The Vancouver Tool Library (VTL) is a community resource dedicated to building community and fostering sustainability by providing residents with tools and the power to use them. We loan a wide variety of tools to community members free of charge. The VTL benefits Vancouver residents by reducing the costs of maintaining and improving the places in which we live, work, and play. The VTL helps support diverse, livable neighborhoods and fosters community pride.
This type of community resource is not new and exists in many other places in North America. Here is a link that list some Tool Libraries in North America (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tool-lending_libraries). It works on a simple system similar to a public library.