The Chronicle has a nice piece today about one of Berkeley’s best ideas — its Tool Lending Library.

As reporter Peter Hartlaub points out, the 31-year-old Berkeley Public Library institution is the oldest continuously running library of its kind in the nation. It has spawned many imitators and, given the economy and our collective tendency to think DIY, is signing up around 250 new members every month.

The tool lending library, which is due to double its space with the scheduled renovation of the South Branch Library, is at 1901 Russell Street at MLK. Read the full story on the Chronicle website.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...