June 1, 2021

Check out the Tool Library at BAPL South Side

Working in your garden? Fixing something around the house? Library patrons can now borrow hand tools from the South Side Branch, including shovels, cultivators, socket wrenches, and more. The items are free to borrow with your library card. See below for a full list:


4 pc wood hand tool set-Yardsmith garden tools — includes: 1 trowel, 1 transplanter, 1 cultivator, and 1 weeder

65-piece tool set-Kobalt — includes : 22 bits, 3 extension bars, 1 spinner handle, 1 ratchet, 1 bit adapter, 36 sockets, and case

119-piece tool set — includes : 1 ratchet handle, 2 extension bars, 1 drive adapter, 30 sockets, 6 wrenches, 1 spark plug socket, 4 screwdrivers, 2 pliers, 1 adjustable wrench, 24 hex keys, 40 screwdriver bits, 2 bit adapters, 1 ratchet bit holder, 1 claw hammer, 1 torpedo level, 1 tape measure, and 1 blow mold case

Cultivator and transplater

Garden Rake

Pruner Fiskars-orange softgrip pruner

Spade Shovel


Fiskars 379451-1002 SoftGrip Pruner, Orange


We also have lots of great new books on gardening, DIY projects, and related topics. Check one out today!

  1. Complete container herb gardening: design and grow beautiful, bountiful herb-filled pots
  2. Field guide to urban gardening: how to grow plants no matter where you live 
  3. The Healing Garden: Herbs for Health and Wellness
  4. Shop Class for Everyone: Practical Life Skills in 83 Projects
  5. The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening: Grow beautiful vegetables, herbs, and flowers – the easy way!
  6. Pruning Simplified: A Step-by-Step Guide to 50 Popular Trees and Shrubs 
  7. The Complete Guide to Pruning Trees and Bushes Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply 
  8. Container Gardening For Beginners: A Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Edible Flowers
  9. Grow Bag Gardening: The Revolutionary Way to Grow Bountiful Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers in Lightweight, Eco-friendly Fabric Pots
  10. All New Square Foot Gardening
  11. Growing vegetables : all the know-how and encouragement you need to grow and fall in love with! your brand-new food garden
  12. Modern Homestead Garden: growing self-sufficiency in any size backyard
  13. Hydroponics  David Brett’s Organic Farming
  14. DIY for Renters: don’t call the landlord : a renter’s guide to repairs and personalizations that won’t break your lease
  15. Compost: a family guide to making soil from scraps

Tool Library Desktop Catalog

South Side Branch