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.
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 east side of South 47th Street about 200 feet south of Woodland Ave.
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Share your project!Have you made something cool with things you've borrowed from the Tool Library? We'd love to hear about it and share it with our members. Please email photos, too, with your description of what you made. And check out other members' projects here.
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Mother’s Day is this Saturday, you know. And the Tool Library wants to help. We’ve now made it easier than ever to purchase a gift membership to the West Philly Tool Library? Simply go here, give us some information, pay online … Continue reading
Here at the Tool Library, we’re constantly being asked for advice on how to fix things or what’s the best tool to use. Or we’re being asked to recommend a great electrician or carpenter or mason. While we’re always happy … Continue reading
It’s not a Tool Library, exactly, but it’s close. And boy, what a dreamy shop. There’s No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool from Etsy on Vimeo.
From Evan L.: “Here’s the shelves that I installed with your hammer drill!!” (Have you built anything cool lately with tools from the Tool Library? Please share them with us! Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
From Patrick: “Attached is a photo of a rope bed built almost entirely with equipment from the West Philly Tool Library.” (Have you built anything cool lately with tools from the Tool Library? We’d love to see your photos. Email … Continue reading
I made a new desk out of cut-off flooring boards using several tools from the Tool Library. First, I used some long clamps to help glue the boards together. Then, I used a palm grip sander from the Tool Library … Continue reading
The West Philly Tool Library, Cedar Park Neighbors, and The Other Carpenter are co-sponsoring four classes on basic home repair. These classes are FREE and open to the public. The classes will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in … Continue reading
Sorry for the inconvenience. Looking for something to do on Saturday without tools? The Tool Library recommends Small Business Saturday.
Thanks to Judson, our intrepid tool librarian, the Tool Library is open tonight, Tuesday, October 30. Come and get your Hurricane Sandy clean-up supplies! (Like, um, a rake?)
We’ll be closed on Monday night because of Hurricane Sandy. We’ll evaluate the hype vs. reality on Monday & post something here on whether we’ll be open/closed on Tuesday. Stay tuned. Stay safe.