BAWT’s gear libraries are conveniently located in San Francisco, Oakland, and Milpitas. The Oakland gear library is the biggest, the San Francisco library only serves our Camping at the Presidio program and the Milpitas gear library is a smaller, but fully outfitted with outdoor gear. Our gear libraries are the only of their kind in the West!
Each library has the capacity to serve at least 100 campers at a time with high quality sleeping bags, ground pads, tents, stoves, and cookware. Whether you are going on a car-camping trip, backpacking adventure, or snowshoeing up in the mountains, we’ve got you covered. Our gear libraries have everything you need for a successful trip, thanks to generous support from our company sponsors and individual donors.
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Gear Library hours:
Oakland Library Hours
Monday – 2pm to 6pm
Tuesday – 1pm to 6pm
Wednesday – 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm
Thursday – 1pm to 6pm
Friday – 1pm to 5pm
Milpitas Library Hours
Tuesdays – 2pm to 6pm
Wednesdays – 10am to 2pm
All Pick Up appointments will be scheduled for 1 hour
All Drop Off appointments will be scheduled for 2 hours
Last Pick Up appointment will be scheduled for 1 hour before closing time
Last Drop Off appointment will be scheduled for 2 hours before closing time
Only one appointment will be scheduled at a time. If the time you requested has already been filled you will be assigned another appointment time by BAWT staff.
For question about our hours contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the gear library at 510-452-BAWT (2298) ext. 312
The South Bay gear library is open Wednesdays by appointment only.
Both the Oakland and South Bay libraries will be closed around the Wilderness Leadership Training dates, on weekends and on major US Holidays. Please see our events calendar.
Q: I am not a BAWT trained leader, and I am not taking youth outdoors. Can I still get gear?
Please contact us at email@example.com or by phone at (510) 452-2298 x312 if you have any questions.