A Chicago library where people can borrow tools has grown so fast that it needs a bigger space in order to accept more tools. The Chicago Tool Library, founded by Tessa Vierk and Jim Benton in 2019 and run by volunteers, lets its 1,500 members borrow more than 2,500 tools ranging from garden hoses to microphones, for seven days. People sign up for a library card and pay an annual fee on a pay-what-you-can model. Most tools have been donated by people who feel they own too many things. During the pandemic, people borrowed ice cream makers and pasta machines to cook with their families and camping equipment for outdoor trips, Vierk says.

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