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Why do libraries only have to be for books? We lend out tools like a book library lends out books. Simply make an account online, donate what you can ($0 is okay too) and start borrowing!

NE Seattle: Tues & Thurs 5-8pm; Sat 9am-12pm; Sun 2-5pm

Shoreline: Mon, Wed, & Fri 5-8pm; Sat 9am-12pm

No! Whether you reside in a neighboring city or halfway around the world, anyone can become a member regardless of where they live. 

With a couple of exceptions (pressure washers, cider presses, and chainsaws), all of the tools are free to borrow! Chainsaws require a short safety class (offered at the time of loan) and a one-time donation of $10. We also ask for a $10 donation for pressure washers and cider presses because of maintenance costs.

We do ask for an optional donation for your membership which ranges from $0-$750 depending on what you can afford. This money helps us pay our staff and keep the lights on.

With a couple of exceptions (Pressure washers and cider presses), you can keep your tool for 1 week up to a month. We will send you a reminder email at the end of each week and you can reply to that email asking to extend the loan. If no one is on the waitlist for that tool, we'll give you another week up to a month.

No, please return your tools to the library you borrowed them from. 

For your first loan, you can borrow up to 5 items. After that, as many as you'd like! We do ask that you only take what you need so that tools are available for other members.

YES! Just fill out this form.

We have so many ways to volunteer and it's really fun. Plus, if you volunteer just three hours a month, you can get a free membership, access to our Ridwell bin, free access to our wood shop, and more!

The outermost boundary of our ever-expanding universe dissipates at an infinitely decreasing rate into an ethereal wave-particle which is both form and void, matter and anti-matter, reality and dream. 

Almost every one of our tools was donated by a community member. Our funding comes from the generous donations of our members, government grants, and corporate sponsors. We are reliant on the generosity of our community, and we encourage you to donate what you can so we can keep doing what we do!

Most tools are first come first served, so try to get here at the beginning of the shift. We do allow reservations for popular tools and event items such as catering equipment, cider presses, party tents, lawn mowers, and pressure washers. For those items, you will see a "Reserve" button in our online inventory which opens up the reservations calendar.
For more instructions, check out our page about reservations. If you ever need help with this, call or email us! 

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