About us

Just getting started so there may be growing pains. The Tool Library is located in the back area of the Herman Prior Activity Centre.

We have a few tools to lend out and are welcoming more donations of tools. If you see a good deal at a garage sale, let us know.

A sharing community helps build community. It helps by not everyone needing to buy their own tool that they may only use once and not having to store tools. People may share expertise as well.

Committee members are always welcome as well as volunteers to man the shop. We will have regular meetings initially the 2nd Thursday of each month 7 pm in the Crocus Room.


Our mission is to engage and empower the community to participate in sharing resources by providing access to tools and skills for everybody.


Our vision is to foster a sustainable community by providing an outlet for creativity and prioritizing access over ownership.

Guiding Principles

Access Over Ownership

The Herman Prior Tool Library is a lending library similar to a public book library but with a focus on household tools. Why let household tools continue cluttering your basement and going to waste? The Herman Prior Tool Library aims to provide residents and community groups with everything they need to make projects happen.

Promoting Makerspace

We all need places to congregate, socialize, and learn. We aim to provide opportunities for the residents of Portage la Prairie area to learn how to create projects or repair objects whether in our makerspace or in collaboration with other community businesses and role models who know that everyone learns differently. The HP Tool Library will be a place to share what you know and learn what you don’t.

Sparking Creativity

The Herman Prior Tool Library believes there is so much creativity flowing inside each person, and with a little help from the tool library, we hope to help Portage la Prairie residents tackle with ease and excitement any number of Do-It-Yourself projects they may have been dreaming of.


The involvement of volunteers and donor stewardship will keep the Herman Prior Tool Library alive and sustainable.

We’d Love to Hear from You

If you’d like to donate tools, share ideas, suggest a workshops, or just get in touch!