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Late opening today (Mon, July 6)

Hi all, our tool librarian got a flat tire on his bike on his way to the Tool Library so will be a little late opening tonight (Mon, July 6).  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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

Have 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

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No more late fee tabs

We announced back in March that we would soon be implementing a new policy that bars members from carrying a late fee “tab.” That day is here. Starting today, our computer database will not allow members to borrow new tools

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Looking for an AWESOME Mother’s Day Gift?

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

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Introducing: New Online Tool Library Discussion Forums

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

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Liberty Tool video

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.

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Shelves installed with a hammer drill from the Tool Library

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

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Rope bed made from Tool Library tools

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

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Desk made with 10″ oak flooring cut-offs

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

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Free Basic Home Repair Classes

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

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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.