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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Category Archives: fundraising
The Tool Library and The Energy Co-op are excited to announce a new partnership. For every person that joins the Energy Co-op through a referral from the Tool Library, the Co-op will give the Tool Library $20. Why should you … Continue reading
Anya & her son, Matt: “I think it’s a great opportunity that we have a Tool Library in our neighborhood. It’s a good family activity.”
OK, you may be getting slightly annoyed that we keep posting requests for year-end tax-deductible donations. So this will be the last one. But we’ve got to ask one more time. If you think that the Tool Library is a … Continue reading
This past Saturday, the 990th member joined the Tool Library. This year alone, almost 400 different members borrowed tools. That’s an increase of 14% over 2010. Help us to continue to reach out to neighbors and community members. Consider … Continue reading
We’re putting the final touches on a new function that will allow you to go online and see all 3100 tools currently in the Tool Library inventory. You’ll also be able to see which tools and checked in and which … Continue reading
In 2009, we loaned 3464 tools. In 2010, we loaned 3604 tools. And in 2011, we’re on target to loan about 4000 tools. That’s 10% annual growth this year. Want to help us continue to grow and serve as a … Continue reading
Larry: “If I had to buy all of those tools, I couldn’t have done the project. I wouldn’t have done the project.”
It’s been a big year for us: we’re finally settled in our new space, expanded our tool inventory, and streamlined our entire database system. In 2012, we are especially excited to launch a monthly Pizza and Power Tools workshop to … Continue reading
Did you know that Tool Library membership and late fees cover less than half of our annual costs? We try to keep our expenses low, but we have to raise over $800 per month to meet our expenses. Will you … Continue reading
Will you consider making a year-end tax deductible donation to support the work of the Tool Library? Your generosity will ensure that we continue to provide you and your fellow Philadelphians with the tools and know-how to see their project … Continue reading