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Need a drill for a day? A saw for a weekend? Hard hat for a week? Torque wrenches guns to torx bits, we can help. Our Tool Library has nearly 2000 tools to share with our neighbors. We also provide short safety-oriented trainings as needed, and free DIY advice, time permitting.  You can view our inventory HERE.

 

Our Tool Library is open

Monday  5-7 pm, Fridays 3-5pm, & Saturdays 9am to 1pm!

 

Our Tool Library is a community-oriented program that seeks to get tools into people's hands so they can improve their lives and surroundings. 

The Tool Library is available to all current members of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.   Sign up/renew online now!

Items can be checked out for one week at a time starting at $2 for most hand tools. Power tools, in-demand tools and high maintenance tools, cost a bit more, but our loan fees are waaay below standard rental rates. Tools can usually be reserved and renewed depending on demand. 

Our inventory can be browsed online, and we work very diligently to make sure our inventory is up to date.

You can read our borrower agreement here, but we have a blank copy on hand for you to sign when you check out your first tool.

 

We are growing our selection of cordless tools. Our current cordless inventory includes many drills, impact drivers, right angle drills, worklights, circular saws, sawzalls,  a jigsaw, a router, a chainsaw, a couple of weedwackers, a hedge trimmer, and a pole chainsaw.

 

Did you know that there's a (fairly) new COMMUNITY WOODSHOP at the other end of our building?

Check out their webpage for info on how to sign up for a training and use the shop.

NEW: JANUARY 2024. If you just need some molding or shelf boards cut, the Tool Library is now set up with a dedicated miter saw. Bring your cuts by…if we have enough staff, we'll do it on the spot, and even teach you how.

 

We accept monetary Donations! The amounts suggested per tool are waaay below what you’d pay to rent commercially, and help us keep the library up and running for our community. Bring in your donation (credit cards accepted) when you return your tool.

 

Donate Money

Donations help us keep our Tool Library running! Support the library with a gift.

 

Donate Tools

As of May 2023, we'd love to get:

One of those dryer vent cleaner air hoses

Rototillers

“Crocodile” chain saw lopper

Ryobi, DeWalt, & Makita cordless tools, batteries, & chargers (18 volt)

Due to space limitations, we can only accept most hand tools in brand new unused condition! 

We don't deal with gas-powered equipment AT ALL.

Thank you for understanding that we can't accept all tools – our space is limited and we already have multiples of some tools.

To donate tools, please bring them to the Tool Library during open hours.  Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity or space to accept all tools, nor the resources to dispose of them, if necessary.  Please don't leave boxes of “tool detritus” for us to sort through. Thank you for your support.

 

Volunteers Needed!

Learn more and sign up here.

 

Location

The location of the library is 6615 Dayton Ave N. (corner of Dayton and 66th, the southeast corner of the Brick Building) – you can park in the driveway loading spots right outside the Tool Library, on the street on Dayton, or in the Phinney Center Lower Lot and go down the south side stairs.

 

Other TOOL LIBRARIES around Seattle

We admire our other local tool libraries, but each one operates independently, and marches to its own drummer. 

In other words, membership in one does not confer privileges to other libraries.

Ballard Tool Library

Northeast Tool Library

Shoreline Tool Library

Capitol Hill Tool Library

West Seattle Tool Library

Southeast Tool Library

South King Tool Library

Vashon Island Tool Library

Tacoma Tool Library

Shoreline Tool Library