Sponsored Memberships

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Resulting from the generosity of our Indiegogo donors (yes, we mean you!), here are ten of the recipients of sponsored Tool Library memberships posing with WPTL Board Members James Wright (far right) and Michael Froehlich (hiding in the back) at the Promise Zone Housing Education Workshop Event.  This event provided residents with information and resources on housing related issues that connected residents to the programs and agencies that could provide assistance to resolve and answer questions regarding their housing related issues.

Speaking of Sponsored Memberships, is there someone in your life that would appreciate a year, or even a lifetime, of tool access for the holidays?  How about a T-shirt?  One of our new hoodies?  What about a baby bib?  Stop in to check out all the new swag!


*Thanks to Shanise Williams from the People’s Emergency Center for the event info.  More on this at Shanise’s blog.

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Watch: Peter Foreman-Murray on Philly Factor

Did you see the Tool Library featured on Philly Factor?  On this La Salle TV program, Paul Perrello interviewed our Executive Director, Peter Foreman-Murray, about the Tool Library, our history, our future, and the impact it has on the City of Philadelphia!

WPTL on Philly Factor

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Become a Lifetime Member now (before Lifetime Membership rates go up on January 1!)

game-of-lifeHave you ever considered becoming a lifetime member of the Tool Library?  If so, you might want to act now.  Effective January 1, we’re raising our lifetime membership rates from $200 to $400.

If you have never been a member before, click here to become a Lifetime Member.

If you have been a member before, click here to renew your membership as a Lifetime Member.

Or just come in the Tool Library and you can pay in person.

Since we opened the doors to the Tool Library in 2007, we’ve tried hard to make sure that money would never be a barrier for neighbors to borrow the tools that they need.  In 2011, we moved from a flat $20 annual membership to a voluntary sliding scale based on one’s income.  But we’ve always kept the lowest rate at $20 per year.  And we’ve never asked to hold a credit card number or demanded a different type of collateral.

The cost of running the Tool Library continues to increase and grant funding has become more difficult to secure.  Today, even though we run a really tight ship, memberships and late fees still only cover about half of our expenses.

This year, we started asking members for their feedback on how we can move towards greater self-sufficiency.  Many of you responded enthusiastically to our successful indiegogo campaign (and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!)  Others pointed out that even though we more than doubled our top annual membership rate back in 2011, we never changed the lifetime membership.  They were right.

So in just 28 days, if you want to be a lifetime member of the Tool Library, you’ll need to shell out $400.  But if you want to join your 60 neighbors who like the Tool Library as much as you do and realize a good deal when they see it, you can join now for $200.

But, as they say on TV, act now, because one this deal is over, it’s not coming back.

Thanks again for supporting your Tool Library.

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We’ll be Closed for Thanksgiving – See you Saturday!

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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 lookupradio.com, 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 http://planphilly.com/articles/2014/09/05/borrow-a-tool-and-learn-which-one-you-need-at-west-philly-tool-library

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 https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/west-philly-tool-library/.

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

WPTL Inquirer Article

Check the article out here: http://www.philly.com/philly/classifieds/real_estate/20140831_Tool_Library_sets__10_000_fund-raising_goal.html

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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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.