DIY Around the Home

June 15, 2023 |Mike


Two hands are using a screwdriver on a piece of machinery.
The warmer weather tends to lead to an uptick in people doing various projects around their homes. Whether it’s fixing a roof or changing something in the bathroom, it’s the season to renovate and repair.

If you’re looking to tackle some work around the house, the library has plenty of digital resources to help you throughout the way (in addition tobooks about hobbies and home). All of these are free with alibrary card!

More interested in crafts than home improvements? Check out ourblog post about resources for crafting.

Chilton Library

Looking to avoid a trip to the mechanic? Learn to repair and maintain your vehicle withChilton Library. Find repair manuals, recommended maintenance schedules, and a video library to help guide your work.

Consumer Reports Online

Getting the right tools for the job is important. From faucets and flooring to paints and pressure washers, find recommended products based onConsumer Reportstesting.


Flipsterhas more crafting magazines than ones I would categorize as DIY, but it does haveCanadian Woodworking and Home Improvement. Recent issues include articles on doing woodwork without a shop and drywall tips.

O’Reilly Learning

Known more for its business and technology resources,O’Reilly Learningalso has a variety of books on other subjects. Learn to fix an appliance withTroubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances (3rd Edition)or find a variety of projects from the publisherMake: Community.


Our机汇erDrivecollection of ebooks has a large assortment of books on home repairs and projects. Whether you’re fixing a deck, redoing a bathroom or refreshing your furniture, there are books on almost every topic imaginable.

Want to start a project but don’t have one in mind? Browse issues of Family Handyman for inspiration!


PressReadercontains magazines from around the world, includingCar Mechanics (UK)andHomebuilding and Renovating. Similarly to Flipster, there are also a number of magazines related to different crafts.

SAMS Technical Publishing

In an effort to reduce waste, more people are going back to repairing items rather than buying new ones. Or maybe you have an old record player or VHS machine that is irreplaceable. Regardless of the reason,SAMS Technical Publishinghas repair manuals for thousands of items, from LCD TVs to transistor radios.

Let us know in the comments what projects you tackle using these resources!