Habitat for Humanity opens tool library

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PROVO -- People in Utah County have a new option if they want to start gardening but don't want to spend a lot of money.

It's is a new concept: a Tool Lending Library. Habitat for Humanity opened the new library at their Habitat ReStore, a store that sells donations of furniture, appliances and building material.

"We focused on the big tools, the ones people may not be able to afford or would only use once or twice in a year," explained Kena Jo Matthews, with Habitat for Humanity. For example, lawn mowers, weed wackers and leaf blowers.

Habitat for Humanity opens tool library

Though the Tool Library is open to the public, it's meant to help the low-income families who live in Habitat for Humanity homes.

"We started because we want to help out families better maintain our properties," Matthews said.

The tools ready for borrowing were purchased through funding from Provo City, and the goal is to eventually have a library of 500 tools.

Just like a typical library, there are some rules. The borrower must fill out an application, sign a waiver and bring the tool back on time. "They can come in and rent that for seven days and come back. It will be $5 a day if they don't turn it in," Matthews said.

The Utah County Habitat ReStore is located at 626 N. Freedom Boulevard in Provo. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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