Closed Saturday, July 4th

For the holiday, the Tool Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4. Be sure to catch us before the long weekend on Thursday between 5:30 and 8:30pm.

Have a safe holiday, and see you on Monday, July 6!

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West Philly Tool Library to sponsor University City Arts League summer class series

You read the headline right! We are sponsoring a Furniture R & R (Repair & Rehab) summer class series at University City Arts League (UCAL). Located in the 4200 block of Spruce Street, UCAL has been providing a welcoming space for people of all backgrounds to experience the arts since 1965. Like the West Philly Tool Library, UCAL was founded by a group of neighbors and, well, the rest is history!

The Furniture R & R series will be taught by Tool Library member, Hannah Bardin. We will provide the tools and you, the students, will provide the piece of furniture and finishing products.

Classes will be held at UCAL on Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, between June 29 and August 2. The series is $120.00 for non-UCAL members, $100.00 for UCAL members. West Philly Tool Library members get a 15% discount. 

Are you a Tool Library member interested in redeeming your Tool Library member discount code? Before registering for the class on UCAL’s website, email with your name. We will confirm your membership and reply with the discount code. Alternatively, you can stop by the Tool Library where our Tool Librarians can help you register.

Stay tuned! More summer classes/workshops are in the works!

Furniture R & R

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Closed Memorial Day

Heads up: The Tool Library will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Be sure to pick up all the tools needed for your weekend projects (and return all tools with a due date of May 25) before close on Saturday, May 23.

Have a safe holiday!

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Tool Sale, May 30

Please help us spread the word! We look forward to seeing you on May 30th.

Spring Tool Sale,  May 30

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West Philly Tool Library: Member survey

Hello, West Philly Tool Library!

The new Executive Director here! In my first weeks, I have been soaking up information primarily as an observer. Now that I have a handle on the processes, procedures, and day-to-day of operations, it’s critical for me to hear from you—the 1,894 (to be exact) current and former West Philly Tool Library members who have made this incredible program possible.

Like any organization, the Tool Library should not be perceived as fixed—it’s a process. In my new role, I aim to make informed decisions to guide this process. To start, please take a moment to share your voice with me by completing this survey. You can be brief and stick to the check boxes and multiple choice radio buttons, or you can give me more information in the essay boxes. It’s your choice—I only ask that you be honest in your answers.

Please considering sharing this survey with others via Facebook, Twitter, or email:

Thank you in advance for your time, and I look forward to what’s ahead,
Charlotte Castle

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WPTL Featured in Popular Mechanics!

The fine folks at Popular Mechanics stopped by and spoke with members, librarians, and board members to learn more about what they refer to as “The Borrowing Place.”  You can find the article on the site HERE or pick up the April issue now!


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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 donated materials, parts, and tools for the sale. More info in the flyer, or in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Best of all, any unsold tools will be donated to the West Philly Tool Library!

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Back to Normal!

The Tool Library will return to our normal open hours in the month of March!

Thanks to the Tool Librarians, we have newly sharpened blades and updated racks, and stay tuned: more to come as Spring approaches!

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Reduced hours in February

We’re reducing our open hours in February so we can divert our tool librarians time to some much needed TLC for our tools. Look for new tool purchases, new shelving, sharper blades and maybe even a warmer shop!  February is normally our slowest month so we thought it best to try this experiment and see what we can get done in the daylight.

February Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 to 8:30
Saturday 9:00 to 3:00
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
If you’d like to get in on some of our tool library improvement projects as a volunteer, email
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Holiday Hours

We at the Tool Library would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday and Healthy New Year!

In light of the holidays, please note that the Tool Library will be closed on the following days:

Wednesday 12/24
Thursday 12/25
Wednesday 12/31
Thursday 1/1
12/27, 28, 29, 30, and 1/3 will be business as usual
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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.