Helping you build a greener SW Portland community

What is the SW Portland tool lending library?

  • Allows you to borrow tools at no cost other than a $20 yearly membership fee and a few volunteer hours or an equivalent dollar amount.
  • This non-profit community supported organization is currently in the start up phase.  It will complement the four tool libraries serving other parts of Portland.

What tools are available?

  • We expect that our tool collection will grow to include:
    • Gardening tools (wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, hoes, etc.
    • Carpentry tools (drills, circular saws, hammers, tape measures, etc.)
    • Screwdrivers, wrenches, socket sets, etc.
    • Ladders, vacuums, brooms.
    • Food preservation items.
    • See all the tools by clicking on "Tool List" on the left.

What are the advantages of the tool lending library?

  • It allows SW Portland residents to:
    • Borrow common tools to maintain their homes economically.
    • Sustain the environment by borrowing rather than buying tools they use only occasionally.
    • Try out tools to make sure they will be useful before buying them.
    • Borrow additional tools for big projects (e.g. an extra wheelbarrow, etc.).
    • Share their skills with others.
    • Build community by meeting and sharing tools with their neighbors.North Portland Tool Library

Where is the SW Portland tool lending library?

  • We are making the final arrangements to use a great building with easy access just off Barbur Blvd, (see picture above).  We will provide the address on our website once the arrangements are finalized.

When is it open?

  • We are working towards opening for the first time in the Fall of 2012.
  • We expect to be open Saturdays from 9 am - 2 pm.  
  • The rental period is for one week with renewals available on most tools.

How do I get involved?

  • By volunteering to staff this community resource for short shifts (no special tool knowledge needed).
  • By donating unused or seldom used tools.
  • By volunteering to sort through and organize the tools donated on a regular basis.
  • To volunteer click on "Contact" on the left.