Check Out This Community Tool Library

West Seattle, Washington, DIY, tool library

The West Seattle Tool Library allows citizens to check out various donated tools for free. Photo: Flickr/Chas Redmond

The West Seattle Tool Library is taking DIY to a whole new level.

The project of Sustainable West Seattle allows the community to borrow from an assortment of over 1,500 tools, everything from 100-foot extension cords to chainsaws, auto-darkening welding masks to weed-whackers.

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The goal of the library is to offer members an easy and sustainable way to use tools for a period of time and then return them for others to use. These tools might have otherwise ended up in landfills or improperly disposed of. Thanks to the library, they receive a second life – over and over again.

The library also offers classes, workshops and Tool of the Week blogs to help members not only get acquainted with the sometimes very professional tools, but also to inspire more DIY projects and options for the community.

The project has been extremely successful with nearly 800 members spread across a 60-mile region.

“Actually, a number of groups were inspired by their efforts to start a tool library in their neighborhood,” said Hannah Kett, Neighborhood Programs Manager for Sustainable Seattle.

If you’re interested in setting up your own tool library, check out Share Starter for guidelines, frequently asked questions and resources.

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