Sorry Were Closed: Monday, January 8th 2018

We are sorry folks, but the WPTL will be closed today, Monday, January 8th and will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9th. Please remember to return your tools at this time and you will not incur a late fee for any tools that were due on the 8th.

Please bundle up and stay safe and warm should you venture outside!!


~The West Philly Tool Library

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WPTL: 2018Members Survey

In honor of our 10th anniversary later this year, we are asking that both former and current West Philly Tool Library members complete our 2018 survey! We want to know more about what you like, what you want more of, and what we as an organization can do to better serve you and your community.



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WPTL Closure – 1/4/2018

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Need a Certain Tool to Finish That Holiday Project?


Need to take out some tools to finish that holiday project you are working on? If so, we are open tonight from 5:30pm to 8:30pm!!

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WPTL Holiday Hours!


We would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday! Should you need some tools for that holiday house project; the WPTL will open on Wednesday, December 27th and Thursday, December 28th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm!

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WPTL Closure This Evening (12/13/2017) for Maintenance Repairs


WPTL Members! 

We are sorry to report that the WPTL will be closed today, Wednesday, December 13th, due to maintenance repairs. The tool library will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, December 14th. Please remember to return your tools at this time and you will not incur a late fee for any tools that were due on the 13th! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

The West Philly Tool Library

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Give the Gift of an WPTL Individual Membership This Holiday Season!!



Not sure what to give your family and or friends this holiday season?  Well look no further as we have the perfect idea for you! Give the gift of an individual membership to the West Philly Tool Library! With the gift of an individual membership, you are giving your family and friends access to our entire tool library filled with over 4,000 power tools and hand tools. Our gift memberships are perfect for first time homeowners or for that someone needing a little extra encouragement to start their own DIY project today!

Also, for your convenience we’ve now made it easier than ever to purchase a gift membership to the West Philly Tool Library this holiday season… Simply go here, fill out the form, pay online using Paypal, and we’ll email you a membership that you can then print out and give to your friends and family!



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“We’re a community for you and because of you.” What does that mean, well for the 2,500 members of the West Philly Tool Library (WPTL), those words mean everything. Established in 2009, the West Philly Tool Library has become what I like to call the hidden gem of Philadelphia, a true community resource that has loaned over 58,000 power tools and hand tools to our member’s over the past 9 years. With more than 75% of the houses built before 1950 and with a median household income of $25,826.00- keeping up with a Philadelphia home can be challenging. Located on 47th and Woodland, in West Philadelphia, the tool library directly addresses this challenge by offering annual memberships for as little as $20.00, because we believe that EVERYONE—no matter their income—should have access to the tools they need to maintain their biggest investments, their homes.
As the 10th anniversary of the WPTL is approaching, our team is looking forward to enriching the lives of our members by providing a deeper sense of community to those we serve. Our goal is to expand our space and create a workshop that will provide the community with the opportunity and knowledge to utilize our current inventory of 4,000 tools in a safe and affordable manner by offering a variety of tool safety, homecare and DIY classes. Yet, before we dive deep into the world of expansion, the West Philly Tool Library is in need of support from YOU, our community! We are in need of your time, your talents, your network, and yes your MONEY! We are in need of Your Time – join our Volunteer Ambassador program and help with calling references, reorganizing the library, checking in and out members, attending events and so much more! Your Talents – help us diagnose and fix issues on tools that need repair by joining Volunteer Tool Mechanic program. Your Network – We need YOU to spread the word about how the WPTL has made an impact within your life, and lastly, but most importantly Your Money, we are truly in need of Monetary Donations. As this is #GivingTuesday we thank you so much for taking the time to view our website, 
( and learn how you can become involved and DONATE today!


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WPTL Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the WPTL is closing its doors today, Wednesday, November 22nd and will reopen again on Saturday, November 25th! We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!WPTL Thanksgiving (1)


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Who is Ready to Support an Amazing Organization This Saturday and Expand Their Collection of Tools at the Same Time?

 The West Philly Tool Library will be holding its fall tool sale and tool drive on Saturday, November 11th from 9am to 12pm at the Tool Library, 1314 S. 47th Street, Philadelphia (between Woodland and Grays Ferry Avenues).

This is a great opportunity to pick up inexpensive tools and to support the Tool Library.  A large selection of tools will be available, including circular saws, screwdrivers, hammers, gas-powered lawn care tools, wrenches, pliers, and many more.  

The Tool Library also encourages tool donations at this event.  All donations are tax deductible and Tool Library staff members will be on hand to process donations and provide receipts for tax purposes.  If you have tools collecting dust in your basement, clear out your clutter and let the Tool Library put your tools into productive community service.  Donated tools will either be put into circulation at the Tool Library or will be sold, with the proceeds used to support the Tool Library.
Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

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When are we open?

Monday - Thursday:
5:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Where are we?

1314 S. 47th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143

We are in a warehouse on the west side of S. 47th Street about 200 feet south of Woodland Avenue.

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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.