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Borrowing Tools


Members must have an active CTL membership to borrow tools.

Members may have a maximum of 7 tools checked out at a time.

Tools loans are for one week. All tools borrowed are to be returned to CTL by close of business on their due date. 

Members may renew each tool once if they contact CTL prior to the due date; however, CTL reserves the right to refuse renewals based on demand.  Currently you may renew most tools 1x; thereby having it for a two week maximum.

All tools are to be returned in the same or better condition as they were issued, barring normal wear and tear.  All tools must be returned clean.

CTL reserves the right to refuse the loan of any item at its discretion.

Late Fees / Tool Replacement


As a member of the Chicago Tool Library you will never be charged fees for tools that are late, lost, or damaged. If you lose or damage a tool we would welcome a replacement or a monetary donation, but it is not required. We have adopted a no-fee policy as a commitment to our mission of inclusivity, accessibility, and charity.

If a member has repeated incidents of overdue, lost, or broken items we reserve the right to terminate a membership at any point. In order to reactivate your membership you will need to return all overdue items, reapply, pay a new annual membership fee, and your application will need special approval by the Tool Library.

We are here to serve you. We don't want to create a space for shame or punishments. Remember that the tools you are borrowing belong to the whole community. Care for them, bring them back, and stay honest. 


Tool Use


Only the Member is authorized to use CTL tools. 

CTL staff is available to explain the operation of tools. However, by borrowing an item, a Member is certifying that they are capable of using that tool safely and properly.

The Member agrees that if any borrowed tool becomes unsafe or in a state of disrepair, they must immediately discontinue use of the tool and notify CTL of the issue.

Liability


The Member agrees that CTL is not responsible for any manufacturing defects in quality of workmanship or materials inherent in any borrowed tools.

Code of Conduct


The Member must abide by the terms outlined in the Chicago Tool Library Code of Conduct.

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