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Virtual Open Hours - Live Now

Join us for Virtual Open Hours every Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm! Our Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers will be available to answer any membership questions and help you find tools or make a reservation. You do not need to be present for these sessions to reserve tools, however, we do recommend new members introduce themselves.

Meet the Tacoma Tool Library

Our Mission and Vision

The Tacoma Tool Library improves quality of life in the South Sound by providing tools, education, space, and support to cultivate self-sufficiency while reducing waste. Our work will lead to empowered individuals, increased involvement, reduced consumption, more entrepreneurship, better looking neighborhoods, a stronger sharing economy, and a more resilient community.

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Tacoma Tool Library promotes environmental sustainability through shared resources, and promotes a sustainable community by maintaining a place for people to learn and engage each other in improvement projects. It encourages individuals who want to participate in waste reduction and care for their homes and neighborhoods, and also creates a community network that promotes sharing and mutual support.

Our Principles

The Tacoma Tool Library has developed the following “Principles of Action” that guide our work. We are committed to:

  • Fostering a sense of community and mutual support
  • Strengthening community resilience and self reliance
  • Supporting inclusivity of participation and accessibility to tools, particularly for people with less economic resources and people who aren’t traditionally encouraged to use tools
  • Prioritizing sustainability through waste prevention, reuse, repair, and re-purposing
  • Encouraging skill building and empowerment through tool use and maintenance education
  • Participating in the Sharing Economy
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Tacoma Tool Library Staff

Sharayah Kinney – Operations Director

Eric Ard – Tool Librarian

Board of Directors

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Hayes Alexander III

As someone that usually has several projects in mind (if not in motion), Hayes likes to save money, cut down on excess stuff to store and maintain, and “try before he buys”. Hayes also wishes for everyone to have these opportunities, and so he enthusiastically works to sustain and maintain the Tool Library!

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Amy Hoyte

Amy is the Executive Director of Rebuilding Together South Sound, a local nonprofit which provides home repairs for low-income homeowners. She also serves on the Serve Washington Commission on Volunteerism and the Board of Directors for Arivva, the Pierce Center for the Arts. She believes in the network of community and likes to connect clients and supporters with resources like the Tacoma Tool Library. She believes that by working together, nonprofits can make even more significant impacts in their clients’ lives.

Stephanie Gowing

Stephanie has worked in the sustainability field for over 10 years and enjoys learning how to make it easier to participate in the sharing economy.  She loves to talk about old house charm and find ways to incorporate her young kids into house improvements.  She is the Sustainability Director at Absher Construction and excited to support a culture of self-sufficiency,  resiliency and community.

Board Members:

Keegan Buckley

Kyla Wilson

Felix Reyes

Tony Paulson

Mary Herman

Jon Zweiacher

Packy Regan

Thank you for the support!

 

The Tacoma Tool Library is a community-supported project that sustains itself through a combination of membership fees, individual donations, and grants for operational support and special projects.

The Tacoma Tool Library has been generously funded by:

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation
Sequoia Foundation
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City of Tacoma
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