Toronto’s New Kitchen Library Lets You Borrow Cooking Tools

One of the downsides of living in Toronto is space – or the lack of it.

If you’re reading this and you live downtown, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Especially when it comes to your kitchen.

Which is why a new library in town that aims to solve this issue is as big a deal as an oven that can actually fit an entire Christmas turkey.

“Do I really want to buy a Vitamix? Where would I put it? It would have to sit on the kitchen table for eternity.”

Well, despite how ridiculous it sounds, The Kitchen Library (120 Eglinton Ave East) knows this kind of problem is a common one for any number of Torontonians. Space in our homes is hella valuable, and finding permanent counter space for another bulky tool isn’t as easy as you’d think it should be.

So now you don’t have to.

Having a big dinner party where you know you’ll need some extra tools in the kitchen? This just went from causing panic to problem solved.

You can now simply rent out that chocolate fountain or pasta maker for a few days and bring it back when the party is over and you no longer want it taking up your valuable space.

In order to rent tools out from the library, you must first buy a membership for $9 a month. Once you’re a member, you can rent out items from the library for free for a maximum of 7 days at a time. 

Their inventory is large and rapidly growing. It currently includes bread makers, ice cream makers, pasta makers, slow cookers, deep fryers, blenders, juicers, dehydrators, sushi maker sets, cake pop makers, large coffee makers, Panini presses, crepe makers, food mills, rice cookers, food processors, and more.

Basically, anything you need to throw a stunning dinner party or Christmas feast is here.

The library also plans to offer affordable vegan and gluten-free cooking classes. November has a ravioli and truffle class on the schedule, and December will include a cookie swap.

The only downside we see to using the library to get your cookware is that you cannot reserve items in advance. You have to show up at the library and choose from what’s currently available – which makes it kind of hard to plan ahead when you have to cross your fingers that the item you need will be in stock.

So if you see some people camping out at the library’s front doors around Christmas, you’ll now know why.


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