Garden Resource Center

WELCOME to the Garden Resource Center, Grow Pittsburgh's tool lending library and materials depot.Take a look through our inventory of power tools, hand tools, soil amendments, bulk materials, books and more. If you have any questions about how to use tools or what we have in stock, feel free to call or email us at:

412-362-4769 ext. 215 or

Check out our webpage for more info.

Garden Resource Center Policies & Conditions

Prior to borrowing tools, individuals must:
• Be at least 18 years old and live in Allegheny County. Must provide proof of residency through a utility bill OR lease agreement
• Show current driver’s license or state-issued photo ID
• Complete and sign Application
• Sign Policies & Conditions page
• Pay annual fee

Only registered borrowers may use the tools they check out; please do not lend tools to other individuals.

Borrowers agree that if any tool breaks or becomes unsafe, the borrower will immediately stop using the tool and return it to the Garden Resource Center (GRC). Please call the GRC if a tool isn’t working properly; a staff member may be able to help with troubleshooting over the phone.

WAIVER By borrowing tools from the GRC the borrower agrees that Grow Pittsburgh is not responsible for any manufacturing defects found in any borrowed tools. The borrower also agrees that Grow Pittsburgh is not responsible if the borrower becomes hurt or injured by using any borrowed tools.

LOAN PERIOD Loan periods are for 7 days for most tools; motorized tools must be returned the next day the GRC is open. Books are 2 weeks rentals. The borrower agrees to return any borrowed item on or before the due date to the GRC.

RESERVATIONS The GRC currently does not take reservations due especially to the high demand and turnover of motorized tools.

LATE FEES When tools are not returned by the designated due date, the GRC will issue a late fee of $1 per day / per tool. A fee of $3 per day will be charged for motorized tools. This includes days the GRC is not open.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGES OR LOSS The borrower agrees to return any borrowed item on or before the due date in the same condition as when it was borrowed. The borrower agrees to pay for any damage inflicted on the borrowed tool that was not there before rental beyond normal wear and tear. The borrower agrees to pay for any lost, stolen, or unreturned tools that were checked out under the borrower’s name.

RIGHT OF REFUSAL Grow Pittsburgh reserves the right to refuse the loan of any item for failure to comply with any of the above rules and regulations or for falsification of any information. Staff may also, at their discretion, deny access to a particular tool based on the borrower’s inability to handle, transport, or operate the tool safely.