Open for collections and returns Weds 3-7pm and Sat 10am-2pm

Book your tools by midnight the day before collection 

How it works:

1. Create an account online

2. Reserve your tools by midnight the day before collection

3. Collect your tools during tool library opening times

4. Use your tools for up to three weeks

5. Return your tools during tool library opening times


How do I sign up?

Create an online account by clicking the link at the top of this page and read and sign the member's agreement. 

Bring two pieces of ID (one photo ID and the other showing your name and address as in your myturn account) when you come to collect your tools for the first time.


How much does it cost?

Borrowing is free. Standard membership is £30 per year, concession membership is free if you are in receipt of benefits* or in full-time education (please bring proof of eligibility for the free membership when you come to collect your tools for the first time). 

You can buy or renew your membership through your myturn account. We also take cash or card in person.

*except child benefit


How do I borrow tools?

Tools need to be reserved on myturn by midnight the day before collection. 

Browse the full inventory by clicking on ‘Inventory’ at the top of this page. Add each tool to your cart by clicking the ‘Reserve’ button. 

When you've finished adding all the tools you need click ‘Submit’ so the reservation comes through to us.


Where do I pick up and return tools?

Collect and return your tools from the tool library during our opening times. We are based at South Seeds, 514 Victoria Road (the end nearest Queen's Park).


How long can I borrow tools for?

Tools can be borrowed for up to three weeks at a time.


What happens if I return tools late?

Late return of all power tools or the bike trailer will incur a late fee of £1 per week per tool. We decided to start charging late fees to promote timely return of popular tools so that as many people as possible have a chance to borrow what they need.


Can I send someone else to pick up my tools?

Please email or call us if you are unable to pick up your tools and provide the name of the person who will pick them up on your behalf. For insurance reasons we can only allow members or people who we know are authorised by members to take away tools.


How can I be a responsible borrower?

Return your tools on time or let us know if you will have a problem returning them by the due date - please email This helps to avoid inconveniencing other borrowers and allows more people to have access to the tools they need, when they need them.

Please also return your tools only during tool library opening hours, rather than at other times when the South Seeds office is open. Tool library staff only work during tool library opening hours so tools returned at other times won't be checked in and you will continue to get email reminders.


What is the tool library doing to help protect against Covid-19?

All tools are quarantined after their return and we sanitise our hands before preparing your tools for collection. 

Tools are placed on a labelled shelf for contactless collection. 

We have a huge perspex screen set up and a maximum of two people can be in the tool library at a time.

If there are two people inside already, please wait outside until someone else leaves. Please also wear a mask whilst inside the tool library.


Do you take donations of tools?

Yes, we would love your working power tools in good condition.

You can drop them off during the tool library opening times. We don't currently have the capacity to repair tools that are not working or don't have a battery, sorry.


What is South Seeds?

South Seeds is a community environmental charity which exists to benefit people living on the Southside of Glasgow. 

Find out more about South Seeds at The Southside Tool library is a project run by South Seeds.