The West Philly Tool Library
I think the concept is obvious from the name, so read the post for organizing and management details, and tips on how to start your own. Here's the part that caught my eye:
People who liked libraries or cooperatives were the first tier of folks that joined. The second tier were mostly college educated folks with jobs– young couples, people who bought fixer-uppers, etc. After the word got out, the Tool Library started to attract more working class and poor residents from the neighborhood. Although no demographic data is officially collected, Froehlich estimates that currently, the membership is about two-thirds individuals and families who would be characterized as middle class or “professionals” and one-third working class or poor.
It's nice to see classes mixed, no? Tends to create empathy, humanize "the other."
And in this university town, all the adjuncts -- who essentially bear the parasitical administrators on their backs, much as slaves, in feudal times so much unlike ours, would bear the nobility on their backs in litters or palanquins -- think of themselves as "middle class" but are as working class as any tatooed fry cook, who probably makes better money and isn't in debt. And they could probably really use a tool library.