SE Portland Tool Library

Like the public library... but for tools and seeds.

SEPTL is a free community resource that provides home and business owners, and tenants, with hand and power tools they need to perform simple maintenance, tend to yards and gardens, and build awesome projects – while along the way meeting and sharing with neighbors.

We will be CLOSED July 3. Last minute closure due to our volunteers understandably wanting the Holiday off! Really sorry for those of you who had appointments. Really. Have a great 4th!


REOPENED on May 15!

Only on Saturdays 9am to noon


For your safety and that of our volunteers and other members:

  • Masks are required at all times,

  • Maintain a minimum 6 ft social distancing

  • A heavy dose of patience may be required

  • If possible please come alone and do not bring other household members or friends with you.

  • If you are becoming a new member, please be sure to Register online before you arrive!

Due to the recent surge in covid infections locally:

  • We'll have tables set up outdoors

  • Only staff will enter the library

  • Please check the Our Tools page before you come in to borrow so you'll know exactly what's available

  • The loan period is temporarily doubled to 14 days. Of course 7 day returns are very welcome!

  • To maximize tool availability for everyone, no renewals will be allowed

NOTE: If you are returning tools only and NOT borrowing, you do NOT need an appointment.

To BORROW tools, click on "Borrowing Time-Slot" (Some Saturdays not visible? Means all those time-slots are taken):

SEPTL is Hiring!

The volunteer coordinator position is opening at SEPTL. Please help us spread the word by sharing with your networks. Click for more details.


Starting May 15, 2021:
Saturdays 9 to noon

Location (map)

1137 SE 20th Ave

Portland, OR 97214

corner of SE 20th and Salmon

Eligible Borrowers

Live in SEUplift area

At least 18 years old

How to Borrow Tools

See our List of Tools.

Become a member!

Come on in to borrow (and later return) tools during our open hours.

Lending Guidelines

Tools are for non-commercial use only.

Loan period is 14 days. Late returns result in a Fine.

Tools may be used only by members.

How to Help

Help members borrow tools, or work behind the scenes.

Donate tools or money.

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