Semi-Annual Tool Sale & Drive November 22

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The West Philly Tool Library will hold its semi-annual tool sale & drive on Saturday, 11/22 from 9-12

Selections range from circular saws to screwdrivers, gas powered lawn care tools to hardware.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided!

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Check out our new video & support the people who made it!

PHILO Project just created an awesome video for the tool library!  Let’s say thank you!

Click HERE to support the PHILO Project’s crowdfunding campaign.

On Monday, October 20th, PHILO (which is itself a nonprofit) launched its INDIEGOGO crowd funding campaign. Your gift to The PHILO Project will allow us to continue to serve the small nonprofit organizations that do so much good in our community; folks who feed the hungry, teach the children, heal the sick and invent the creative and performing art that makes our region such a great place to live!

Please help us get the word out by sharing their campaign. PHILO… and Philadelphia’s nonprofit community…thank you!

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We were on the radio!

Hey folks, you may have missed this interview that our board member Ben White did on, a local gospel internet radio station.  Ben was on the Gene Keys Morning Show telling the story of the tool library.  Check it out the replay here [link]

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Tools in Action: Healing Garden Workshop

Check out these photos of our tools in action, sent to us by member Asake. Always awesome to see our tools in the wild.

Join the fun and share pictures of what you’ve been up to!



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PlanPhilly published a really thorough article about the Tool Library

Check it out at

Some great interviews with our members and one of our Tool Librarians.

And don’t forget: we need your help to reach out fundraising goal. Contribute at

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Great Article About our fundraising campaign in this past Sunday’s Inquirer

WPTL Inquirer Article

Check the article out here:

If you’ve already given to our campaign to build our capacity, Thank you! We’re almost there, and you’re a big part of that. Please spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors.

If you’ve thought about giving to the campaign, but haven’t yet, there’s still time. Most campaign supporters have given between $25 and $100, but a donation of any amount makes a difference for the Tool Library. We’re close to the goal, with just a few days remaining. We’re confident we can get all the way there – with your help.

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Participate in groundbreaking Tool Library research

Monika Antonelli, a librarian and associate professor at Minnesota State University is researching tool lending libraries and would like you to participate in her ground breaking study. Pretty cool, right?! The West Philly Tool Library is stoked to be part of the research.

The short survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. All data collected will be kept confidential and you have the right to discontinue participation in the survey at any time. To access the study online go to

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Notes From the Campaign Trail

With the help of nearly 70 donors and publicity from West Philly Local , our Indiegogo campaign has reached 38% of its goal!  With 38% raised, that leaves another 62% to go!

This funding can mean big things for capacity and access for you and the Philadelphia community IF and ONLY IF we meet this goal in the 2 remaining weeks.

And let’s not forget the perks of being a donor.  Anything from high-fives to t-shirts to a tool-themed tattoo, we got it for you!  Take a look at the campaign to learn more and and contribute now to become one of our growing number of donors!

Just in: Tool Library Stickers

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Support the Tool Library’s IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign!

Since we opened in 2007, we have loaned over 30,000 tools to our members, including 1,200 last month. We need your help to ensure that we can keep growing to meet this demand. Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign today (and get some cool WPTL swag along the way)! Visit

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Tool Library tools used for depaving project at Gold Star Park


Some friends of Gold Star Park, in conjunction with the Water Department, removed about 455 square feet of pavement and replaced it with top soil.

Awesome work!

Check out the full photo set at

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When are we open?

We are open every Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Where are we?

We are located at 1314 South 47th Street, Philadelphia, PA. We are in a warehouse on the west side of South 47th Street about 200 feet south of Woodland Ave.
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Who are we?

The West Philly Tool Library loans tools to community members so they can perform simple home maintenance, tend their yards and gardens, build furniture, start projects, and learn new skills in a safe and affordable manner. We aim to be a community resource to provide home owners, tenants, long-time residents, and newcomers with the tools (and the knowledge to work the tools!) they need.