Upon course completion, you can borrow outdoor gear For Free or Low Cost.
Whether you’re going on a car-camping trip, backpacking adventure, or snowshoeing in the mountains, we’ve got you covered!
THREE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS
San Francisco, Oakland, Milpitas
Each gear library has the capacity to serve between 50-500 campers at a time with sleeping bags, ground pads, tents, stoves, cookware clothes and more, all at no cost. Our gear libraries have everything you need for a successful trip, thanks to generous support from our corporate sponsors and individual donors.
San Francisco Gear Library
The SF Gear Library is located within the June Jordan School for Equity. Entrance is the lower driveway on Brazil Avenue.
Phone: (415) 805-7490
San Francisco Gear Library Hours
Thursday – 11am to 6pm
Friday – 11am to 6pm
Oakland Gear Library
1050 East 8th Street, Oakland
San Francisco Gear Library
325 La Grande Avenue, San Francisco
South Bay Gear Library
Sobrato Center, 471 Valley Way, Bldg. 1, Milpitas
1. Get trained
2. read policies
3. SUBMIT Request
Be on time
Time slot doublebooked
Pick up takes at least an hour
Drop-off appointments are 2 hours or more
First book, first serve
Requests are processed in the order that they come in. We require all requests to be made 14 days in advance of your pick up date, not your trip date.
It is required to bring 1 helper for every 5 additional tents borrowed.
GET YOUR REQUEST IN ON TIME!
Please submit your gear request form to firstname.lastname@example.org
at least 14 days before the requested pick-up date.
We have two different rental rates, one for general public and one for trained leaders that don’t meet our mission. Email email@example.com to learn about our rental rates.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the gear libraries open?
You can count on the Gear Library to be open during the hours listed above for each library. We are closed on weekends and Federal Holidays (Presidents’ Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day).
Am I guaranteed to receive all of the gear requested?
What support can I expect during my gear appointment?
What happens if I miss my drop off appointment time? Can I send someone else to pick up or drop off my gear?
It is strictly against BAWT gear use policy to send an untrained person who hasn’t finished our gear library training, to pick up or drop off gear in place of you. As a consequence for either not returning your gear during your scheduled appointment time or for sending an untrained person to pick up or return your gear, BAWT staff may restrict your gear library usage and impose fines. Fines and restrictions are at the discretion of the Program Director.
Are there more pick-up and drop-off times available?
The Gear Library hours are the only times in which we can make appointments. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions pertaining to your schedule.
How soon will I hear back about my request?
What if I cannot pick up or drop off gear during the available pick up and drop off times?
Misuse and missed appointments may result in penalties
Examples of BAWT fines and restrictions may include:
No gear loans for 6 months or longer
$200 late fee
$200 fine for sending an untrained person
$50 fine per day for missed appointment and not rescheduling at the first available time slot
Mandatory volunteer hours in the gear library to re-establish borrowing privileges
Tents & Sleeping bags
- Tents (3, 4, and 6-person)
- Tarps/Footprints (XS,S,M,L,XL)
- Sleeping Bags (0-40 degree bags, sizes available: youth, regular, long)
- Ground Pads (closed cell foam pads)
- Double burner
- Single burner
- 1 Equipment damage tag bag
- Fleece Jackets
- Fleece Pants
- Rain Jackets
- Rain Pants
- Winter Jackets (with fleece liner)
- Snow Pants
- Snow Gloves (waterproof)
- Polypro Long Sleeve Tops
- Polypro Bottoms (long underwear)
- Fleece Gloves
- Fleece Hats
- Hiking Boots (men’s, women’s, and youth sizes)
- Winter Snow Boots (waterproof and lined)
- Snowshoes (Sizes: 22″– 35″)
- Hiking socks
- Women’s – S, M
- Men’s – S, M, L
- and Adult adjustable with capacities ranging from 55-95L
Includes all of the following and accommodates up to 30 people
- 1 Large stock pot w/ lid
- 1 Medium stock pot w/ lid
- 1 Deep frying pan w/ lid
- 1 Large frying pan
- 2 Large mixing bowls
- 3 Wash tubs
- 3 Large knives w/ guards
- 2 Small knives w/ guards
- 1 Can opener
- 2 Lighters
- 2 Mallets
- 2 Lanterns
- 2 Dish scrubbies
- 1 Dry towel
- Water Bottles (1L)
- Water Storage Bags/Dromedaries (2-6L)
Many items are available in lightweight or collapsible versions for backpacking.
- Pot Holders
- Serving Spoons
- Spatula, ladle, serving spoons
- Food Scrapers
- Cutting Boards
- Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
- Plates, Bowls, Mugs, Cups
What we don’t have:
- Stove Fuel
- Water Purification/Water Filters
- First Aid Kits
- S’more Kits
- Sunscreen/Bug Spray
- Head Lamps
- Camp chairs
- Climbing gear