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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

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We’ll be Closed for Thanksgiving – See you Saturday!

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Tools in Action: Healing Garden Workshop

Check out these photos of our tools in action, sent to us by member Asake. Always awesome to see our tools in the wild. Join the fun and share pictures of what you’ve been up to!

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PlanPhilly published a really thorough article about the Tool Library

Check it out at Some great interviews with our members and one of our Tool Librarians. And don’t forget: we need your help to reach out fundraising goal. Contribute at

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Great Article About our fundraising campaign in this past Sunday’s Inquirer

Check the article out here: If you’ve already given to our campaign to build our capacity, Thank you! We’re almost there, and you’re a big part of that. Please spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors. If

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Participate in groundbreaking Tool Library research

Monika Antonelli, a librarian and associate professor at Minnesota State University is researching tool lending libraries and would like you to participate in her ground breaking study. Pretty cool, right?! The West Philly Tool Library is stoked to be part

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Support the Tool Library’s IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign! Since we opened in 2007, we have loaned over 30,000 tools to our members, including 1,200 last month. We need your help to ensure that we can keep growing to meet this demand. Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign today

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Tool Library tools used for depaving project at Gold Star Park

Some friends of Gold Star Park, in conjunction with the Water Department, removed about 455 square feet of pavement and replaced it with top soil. Awesome work! Check out the full photo set at

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at May Fair on Saturday

And for all of you who played our Name That Tool Game, here are your answers. We had a: Big old rusty Pipe Wrench Basin Wrench (use it to for those hard to reach water line nuts under your sink)

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Have an old Android phone, iphone, or ipad you’re no longer using?

The Tool Library needs to get a hold of a couple of Android phones, iphones, or ipads so that we can begin accepting credit card payments. Have one you’re not using? Shoot us an email at Donations to the

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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.