The Tool Pool is a tool lending library facilitated by the Albany Recreation and Community Services Department. The Tool Pool is made possible by generous donations from Albany residents and the surrounding community. This tool lending concept allows Albany residents to utilize specific, and sometimes hard to acquire tools for household maintenance; we offer common tools such as shovels, rakes, hammers as well as harder to find tools, such as orbital sanders and power drills.

Visit and look through the page's photo albums to see what tools are available to check out. To check out a tool, click the ‘send email’ button on the page to send an email to Lauren AlvesTool Pool Coordinator. You can reserve tools, ask questions, and coordinate tool pickup times via email. Our tools are located off site, so same day pickups are not always available. Before you can leave the Albany Community Center with the tools you are borrowing, you will need to sign up for Tool Pool by providing a photo ID and proof of Albany residency to the Tool Pool Coordinator or other qualified Recreation Staff. You do not need to sign up for the Tool Pool program in advance.

  • Tools are rented in one week increments, Wednesday to Wednesday, if a resident is unable to retrieve the tool on Wednesday. ALL TOOLS ARE DUE BACK ON THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY, NO EXCEPTIONS.  Tools can be dropped of before the Wednesday due date, but not after.
  • Once you have selected a tool from our library simply click the “send email” button to request the tool. 
  • You will receive an email or call (depending of your preference) to confirm the tool you have selected and when you can come and pick the tool up.
  • Once you have acquired the tool it is your responsibility, any broken or lost tools will be replaced or fix at the owners expense.
  • All rentals are due back by 5:00pm the following Wednesday, no exceptions. 
  • Some of the tools available are power tools. City of Albany does not assume any risk in association with personal injury or property damage when using tools from the Tool Pool. Each member must sign a liability waiver before any tools change hands.