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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Make sure you stock up with everything you need for your Memorial Day Weekend projects! We’ll of course be open normal hours (9-3) on Saturday. We’ve got your supplies for the long weekend: rakes, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and lots … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Monthly volunteer work day is this Saturday, 5/11 from 9:30 to 12:30. Come lend a hand! We have lots of recent tool donations to sort and process. It’s also May Fair in Clark Park. Feel like hanging out at our … Continue reading
This weekend is the last chance to see The Tool at Hand at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. The Tool At Hand “features the works of art alongside images of the artists’ tools, and videos from the artists’ studios.” I checked … Continue reading
Looks like we’ve finally shaken off that extra-long, extra-cold winter, and Spring is here to stay. As the grass (and weeds) start to grow, as you think about what you’re going to plant in the garden, as you plan a … Continue reading
Monthly volunteer work day is this Saturday, 4/13 from 9:30 to 12:30. Come lend a hand! We’ll be doing a little spring cleaning, hanging some flyers around the neighborhood, sorting those cluttered wooden cubbies in the back. We might even … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Thanks for braving the cold and the sleet! You bought our extra and unneeded tools, helping us to raise over $700(!) that will be used to buy new tools that we do need. Ah, the tool circle of life. It’s … Continue reading
We’re at it again! Don’t miss this year’s 5th annual tool sale and tool drive from 9-12 on March 16. This is a great opportunity to revisit your inventory – what could you add to your standard set at a … Continue reading
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.