Community / Folk encouraged to become members of new tool library

Shetland Arts – which runs the project – has also announced a jazz gig at Mareel

PEOPLE can now become members of the new Shetland Tool Library following its launch at the end of last month.

Photo: Shetland Arts

A part of Shetland Arts’ Creative Sustainable Futures project, the tool library – based at Mareel – is a community resource of tools and equipment, enabling people to mend, maintain, make and/or experiment without the need to buy new.

The aim is let people borrow tools and save money and resources in the process, while reducing waste and promoting creativity.

For a small annual membership people can join the tool library and reserve tools for loan on a weekly basis.

There are two memberships available: a standard membership for £30/year and a concession membership for £10/year.

A wide selection of items are available to borrow from the library, all suitable for domestic use. The full inventory can be viewed online here.

Donations to the tool library are also being welcomed. Shetland Arts can accept donations of any kind of domestic tools, from hand tools to power tools – anything that does not require a licence or permit to use.


All tools will be tested, serviced and maintained by technicians before being added to the library.

Donations of small tools can be dropped off at Mareel during opening hours. For larger tools, contact admin@shetlandarts.org to arrange delivery.

Helena Kay. Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

Meanwhile Shetland Arts has announced that a jazz musician with local connections will perform at Mareel next month.

London-based saxophonist and composer Helena Kay, backed up by a band, will take to the stage at the Lerwick venue on Tuesday 4 April.

Kay’s father is from Lerwick, and the musician has often travelled to Shetland to visit family.

“It’s a very special place to me,” the saxophonist said.

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“We’ll be playing music from my latest album, Golden Sands.

“One of the tracks, Da Dratsie, is dedicated to my granny (and Lerwick legend), Mary Kay. The gig at Mareel is the last of the tour, so it’s sure to be a great night.”

Kay, who was previously named Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Award, studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now.

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