WPTL Featured in Popular Mechanics!

The fine folks at Popular Mechanics stopped by and spoke with members, librarians, and board members to learn more about what they refer to as “The Borrowing Place.”  You can find the article on the site HERE or pick up the April issue now!


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Pick up some tools and materials on Sunday at the NARI Contractor Garage Sale

Our friends at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) will be holding a huge garage sale this Sunday from 9am to 4pm at A & C Kitchens & Bath Warehouse, 2000 Concord Road in Chester. NARI members have donated materials, parts, and tools for the sale. More info in the flyer, or in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Best of all, any unsold tools will be donated to the West Philly Tool Library!

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Back to Normal!

The Tool Library will return to our normal open hours in the month of March!

Thanks to the Tool Librarians, we have newly sharpened blades and updated racks, and stay tuned: more to come as Spring approaches!

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Reduced hours in February

We’re reducing our open hours in February so we can divert our tool librarians time to some much needed TLC for our tools. Look for new tool purchases, new shelving, sharper blades and maybe even a warmer shop!  February is normally our slowest month so we thought it best to try this experiment and see what we can get done in the daylight.

February Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 to 8:30
Saturday 9:00 to 3:00
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
If you’d like to get in on some of our tool library improvement projects as a volunteer, email info@westphillytools.org
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Holiday Hours

We at the Tool Library would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday and Healthy New Year!

In light of the holidays, please note that the Tool Library will be closed on the following days:

Wednesday 12/24
Thursday 12/25
Wednesday 12/31
Thursday 1/1
12/27, 28, 29, 30, and 1/3 will be business as usual
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Holiday Gift Ideas from the West Philly Tool Library


Still not sure what to get someone for the holidays?  Interested in supporting your local Tool Library?  Look no further!

Gift #1 – Tool Access – Gift memberships are easy to purchase online here or in person at the Library.  Did you know that Lifetime Memberships will increase in price on January 1?  Give the gift of Tool Access now! ($20-50 sliding scale for yearly and $200 for Lifetime until 1/1/15)

Gift #2 – Tees ($15-20) – Our new(ish) logo is printed on super comfy tee that would be a great base layer before you put on Gift #3…

Gift #3 – Sweats ($40 each) – New this season are TWO sweatshirt types to keep you warm this winter: crew necks and hoodies, both sporting the logo you find on our Tees, all printed on American Apparel.  Why not grab both?!

Gift #4 -Baby Bibs ($13) – Hot off the presses from local guys, Awesome Dudes Printing, that little carpenter-in-training can show their support for the Tool Library before they are able to read at the “regular” Library (you know, the one with books.)

Gift #5 – Stocking Stuffers ($0+) – West Philly Tool Library carpenter pencils are only $1, plus we have temporary tattoos and stickers at the front desk.

Regardless of your purchases, the West Philly Tool Library, the librarians, members, and board would like to wish one and all Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

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Sponsored Memberships

raffle winners_West Philly Tool Library

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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When are we open?

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.