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WPTL Closure This Evening (12/13/2017) for Maintenance Repairs

WPTL Members!  We are sorry to report that the WPTL will be closed today, Wednesday, December 13th, due to maintenance repairs. The tool library will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, December 14th. Please remember to return your tools at this time and

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“We’re a community for you and because of you.” What does that mean, well for the 2,500 members of the West Philly Tool Library (WPTL), those words mean everything. Established in 2009, the West Philly Tool Library has become what I like

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Work Day Saturday, March 9th from 9:30am to 12:30pm

The Tool Library needs your help! We’re having a work day from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday, March 9th. Come support your tool library! Meet interesting people that also like tools! We have a list of things we could use

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Tool Library work day on Sat, Jan 28

The Tool Library needs your help. On Saturday, January 28, we’re having a Winter Work Day from 9am to noon. We’re going to be re-organizing our tools, building new shelves, and sorting through tool donations. We could really use your

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Our sign is back up!

We finally got around to putting our exterior sign up this weekend.  Now you’ll be able to find us a little easier during the dark winter nights. Thanks, as always, to local sign maker Michael McCullin and Fourth River Signworks

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When was my tool due?

This week, we’re going to start something new here at the Tool Library: Email reminders. Our members are awesome.  But sometimes we/they don’t always return the tools on time.  This means that other members don’t get to use them.  So

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Thanks, Edde!

For a few weeks now, Edde Mendes has been volunteering with the Tool Library to repair our broken tools.  He comes in at least once a week (and sometimes several times a week) and slaves away with virtually no recognition.

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Congratulations Papa Eugene!

Eugene, our kind-hearted, industrious, innovative, helpful, and all-around awesome tool librarian, became a dad last week.  Welcome to the world, Augustine Kazuki Weaver!

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We’re open on Labor Day

We’re big fans of working people here at the Tool Library. (NOLSW Local 2320 in the house!) But thanks to Mimi, we’ll be open on our regular hours on Labor Day just in case you need us. Have a great

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Custom built

Ok, so maybe 2×4’s and reclaimed shipping crates are not exactly what you might think about first when you hear “custom fixtures,” but hey, let’s not squabble over semantics! The new Tool Library location continues to take shape, with custom

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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.