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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

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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

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WPTL in the News did a nice little write-up of our beloved Tool Library.  Here’s a nice shot of Kathleen, Tool Librarian extraordinaire, checking out some tools to one of our members. (10 points if you can guess what tools he’s checking out

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Work Day Success!

A handful of us came out (some of them pictured here) and cleared out our workshop so we can actually work in it.  In the past few months we have had the amazing problem of too many donations than we

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2nd Saturday Workday

It’s another opportunity to give back to the tool library (and meet some pretty interesting people/hang out in one of the coolest places in town). Did you know that it costs the Tool Library $88 per member to cover our

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The Right Tool for the Job- Weed Cutters

If you’re like me and you didn’t touch your backyard until today, you’re over run with high grass or in my case, beautiful weeds.  Nonetheless, the weeds needed to go to make way for the plans I have for my

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The Right Tool Makes Easy Work of a Downed Tree

A drunk driver unfortunately killed my tree. The trunk was cracked too badly to replant it. I am so used to using the wrong tool for the job, I dreaded having to cut this thing up but I got a

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We’re hiring a new Tool Librarian

The marvelous Mimi Cheng got a new job that means she can’t be a tool librarian anymore! So we need to find her replacement. Here’s the job description. Please distribute it far and wide! Responsibilities • Working hours: Monday, Tuesday,

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Closed Labor Day

We’ll be closed Monday, September 3. Enjoy the three day weekend folks. Go to a barbecue, don’t mow the lawn. Sorry, if you really need anything on Monday, come get it tomorrow, Saturday, between 9 and 3. If your tools

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Shopping Spree Success!

Steering Committee Member, Ben White (right) and Tool Library Member, Quoc Luu (left) hauled in a bunch of fun stuff on Friday night. Including a 24″ tree saw, a power washer, an electician’s fishing pole and multimeter, new extension cords

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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.