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The Traveling Tool Library is an effort by Building Community to establish a mobile tool share program based in Ithaca, New York. It is a flexible space designed to host a tool lending program, community workshops, and exhibitions of artwork and craft. The Library is built with the belief that sharing resources of tools, materials, and knowledge with those around us produces a stronger and more lasting impact than working in isolation. 

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How it Began:

Since its founding in 2015, Building Community sought to establish relationships with makers in Ithaca and greater Upstate New York. Through our involvement in creative, collaborative, and community-serving projects, Building Community identified a need for commonly shared resources. The idea began with a renovation project of a donated carriage house  intended to become a tool library. When the site arrangements fell through, Building Community decided to design and build a tool library on wheels. The Traveling Tool Library, scheduled for completion on November 2016, would serve Ithaca and Tompkins County by providing a shared space for tools, workshops, exhibitions, and performances.


Project History:

In the spring of 2016, Traveling Tool Library was selected by Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) as one of nine projects which will be featured in the 2016 CCA Biennal, themed Abject/Object Empathy. With the $5,000 grant from CCA, Building Community constructed the

Building Community plans to fundraise the remaining cost of construction through crowdfunding, hosting workshops, artfully-composed supper club dinners, and exchanging volunteer hours and hand-crafted goods for materials and tools.

The Traveling Tool Library was completed in November 2016 and is serving the surrounding community as an effort that explores material resourcefulness, event-based creative production, and the social impacts of intentional co-creation.