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: Press
Earlier this month, the New York Times did a story on borrowing. It featured the Berkeley Tool Library among other places that loan tools, toys, and expensive handbooks. It’s a fun read. You can read it by clicking here.
In preparing our new website for launch last weekend, we read over a few years’ worth of old blog entries. And in doing so, we came across this little gem of a video from October 2009 that, we think, deserves … Continue reading
Today’s Metro newspaper featured our very own “Stacey Hendricks, head of the education committee at the West Philly Tool Library, which lends tools so you don’t have to break the bank buying new ones.” Nicely done, Stacey!
National magazine highlights the Tool Library. “As funding sources for new community programs and revitalization projects dry up, residents and civic leaders are devising new ways to make their neighborhoods more attractive. These programs… improve neighborhoods and boost city morale.”
“Home repairs made easier,” Philadelphia Metro (Sept. 8, 2010)
“When in Need: West Philly Tool Library,” Grid Magazine (Feb. 2009)
“Tool Library Solves Philly’s Problems,” willdo.philadelphiaweekly.com (April 7, 2008)
“West Philadelphia Gets a Lending Library — For Shop Tools,” KYW Newsradio 1060 (April 5, 2008)
“West Philly Tool Library Celebrates Grand Opening: Tool Library on Woodland Ave loans tools to local residents,” Southwest Globe Times (March 27, 2008)
“Check it out: A community tool library,” Philadelphia Inquirer (March 21, 2008)