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December 11, 2014

Bettina Vollmerhausen is building the first Tool Library in Ottawa. Photo by Ted Simpson

The power of tools

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Libraries in Ottawa are being redefined; they’re no longer just about books. Westboro resident Bettina Vollmerhausen is launching the city’s first Tool Library. The idea of a Tool Library is quite simple, a small membership fee is paid and in return members can borrow any of the tools on hand for a

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week at a time. The concept is already in place in most major Canadian cities; Halifax, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver already have established Tool Libraries. “I’m a handy person for sure, I love fixing and doing my own things,” says Vollmerhausen. When her now business partner, Frederic Sune, brought up the idea over lunch one day, she immediately went into

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action planning a Tool Library for Ottawa. “When you live in a small community, it’s easy to go to a neighbour and borrow something like a ladder or a saw, but in a big city you often don’t know anyone around you, so having a spot where you can borrow tools can be amazing,” says Vollmerhausen. Continued on page 3

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