We are not currently training new volunteers for our operations as we are temporarily closed for relocation. However, sign up below to help with the move or be notified of when we resume training volunteers!
Join Our Team
Volunteers are at the of our Tool Library. They dedicate their time, share their skills, and work directly with the Ottawa community. We are excited about the tool library and hope you will choose us as a way to spend some of your time!
We strive to find the right fit for our volunteers. There are a number of ways to be involved with the Ottawa Tool Library and we hope you find the one that allows you to explore your interests, share your talents, and ultimately elevate our cause.
Below is a list of the types of volunteers it takes to see our project become a reality!
Our Librarians interact with members: lending tools, managing memberships, selling merchandise. They also foster the sense of community at the OTL, explaining the library to visitors, sharing upcoming events, and building relationships with members. Shifts are four hours, once (or more) per month during Tool Library hours.
Sometimes, learning from YouTube videos and blog posts isn’t enough! Our Tool Ninjas have sufficient general expertise to offer advice regarding the best methods and tools for most home reno and personal DIY projects. They ensure that members leave with not only the right tools, but the knowledge and protective gear to make sure they can do it safely. Shifts are four hours, once (or more) per month during Tool Library hours. This role requires significant expertise.
Our WorkSpace monitors oversee our new workspace during our operating hours. They can offer tips and advice for projects, but their foremost job is to ensure good safety practices and use of protective equipment by all members and volunteers in our WorkSpace. They may also deliver our safety course to members. Shifts are four hours, once (or more) per month during Tool Library hours. This role requires significant expertise.
We regularly host community events for members or the public, and often need extra hands to help with logistics and support before/during/after the event. This can include postering and promotion, event setup, greeting and registration, food prep and service, teardown, and other functions. Always a party, this is a great way to meet other enthusiastic OTL volunteers, and also great for getting volunteer hours for school.
We’re fortunate to receive many donated tools, but they’re not always in good condition (or even working!). Tool Doctors are responsible for keeping our inventory in safe, working condition, but they also strip tools for parts and sometimes repair or even rebuild them. They also diagnose and repair any tools that come back broken or ‘not working’, plus conduct regular upkeep like maintaining blades, bits and belts. Shifts are variable, but require significant expertise.