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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about the Tacoma Tool Library:

Didn’t find the answers you were looking for, or have a different question? Let us know by reaching out to us via this contact form.

General Questions

We’re just like a regular library, but with tools instead of books.

The Tacoma Tool Library provides low-cost access to shared tools and other durable goods and encourages re-use, repair, and reduced consumption. In addition, it hosts a safe community space for learning how to use household tools, and empowers local residents to care for their homes and neighborhoods, house by house and block by block.

Our current temporary location is at 1105 MLK Jr. Way.

The Tacoma Tool Library is now located on the second floor of the Tacoma Public Library Main Branch building in Downtown Tacoma. We are the same independently run nonprofit, but now in a larger space.

How to find us for tool lending: Enter “1100 Court F, Tacoma” into your map/GPS for correct directions to our loading zone location.

Make sure to have an appointment before coming to pick up or drop off tools. Learn more about tool lending and make a reservation.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 595, Tacoma, WA 98401.

We encourage you to become a member, sign up for our newsletter, donate, follow us on social media and/or become a volunteer. Learn more about our volunteer positions at Volunteer with Tacoma Tool Library – Tacoma Tool Library.

You can always email us at info@tacomatoollibrary.org or call us at 954-866-5253 (we’re not from Florida). 

 

Membership Questions

Visit our Membership page to learn more about membership and to sign up.

We ask that members make an annual donation to keep the lights on, but no-one will be turned away for lack of funds.

No, the donation levels are suggestions only and members can donate at any level regardless of age or income.

If you joined TTL previously at either our Hilltop or Lincoln locations, your membership information is still on file, but may be expired. Reach out to us with questions for renewal instead of rejoining with a new account to avoid confusion with multiple accounts. We will be able to assist in resending email confirmation links, password resets, and updating contact information. We are available for phone support one hour prior to our curbside service hours for questions at 954-866-5253 (954-TOOL-253)

Tool Lending

We have nearly 2,000 items in our inventory which is constantly growing. We have many common tools and our inventory is searchable on the inventory page.

We do not have any heavy equipment or gas-powered tools.

We understand the current challenges of finding tools when you cannot see or hold the item directly while our shop space is closed.  Staff is available for phone support Wednesdays and Saturdays before and during curbside service hours and can help start your tool reservation. Other notes about searching our inventory:

  • All of our tools have images to help show what the tool is.
  • Try different search terms or narrow your search using item types or categories in the left column on the inventory page.
  • We try to avoid using casual names for tools in the tool name and you can still search for some of these common terms. For example, compound miter saws are commonly called “chop saws”, however, there is a specific chop saw tool that cannot make bevel or miter cuts (we do not have any chop saws at present, we do have plenty of compound miter saws though). 

Our current standard loan period is two weeks for most items in our inventory. High demand tools such as electric yard tools including lawn mowers, string trimmers, and hedge trimmers have one week loan periods. These tools are marked with red status bubbles on their inventory pages are also not eligible for renewal to provide access for as many members as possible.

There is only a limit on power tools. You may check out up to five power tools at a time. There are some exceptions, please contact us if you have questions about your specific project.

We are not currently charging late fees. When you don’t return tools on time, you prevent other members from accessing the lending resource. If you need to renew, please respond to our loan reminders that are sent 24-48 hours prior to the due date.

Curbside Service

Tool reservations can be made up to two hours before we open. If trying to reserve tools during our open hours, please call us (954-866-5253) for availability.

Please watch for confirmation emails to know when your tools are ready. Make sure to add myturn.com and tacomatoollibrary.org as “safe sender” domains or contacts in your email.

Yes, tool reservations are 100% required while we are at our temporary location.

We will hold tool reservations for one extra open-day. If your tool reservation is not picked up by the second open day, we will cancel your reservation and you will receive an email notification.

We are happy to be flexible with getting you your items. However, following our liability policy, the person accepting the items must be a TTL member. For best service, we can easily change the reservation to the member that will be present for pick up if we are notified in advance.

Tool Donations

We accept large donations of general tools, with two exceptions: 

             1. No gas-powered tools

             2. No stationary tools (large tools that are not portable)

● Anything that we cannot use we will donate to Habitat for Humanity Tacoma or other business partners.

● We also accepted consumable hardware items, such as blades, sandpaper, screws, etc.

We do not take lumber, shelving, bins or office supplies unless approved by staff or a board member.

Below are some items on our tool wishlist:

  • Dremel rotary tool kit
  • Oscillating multi-tools
  • Thickness planer
  • Floor sander
  • Post hole driver
  • Rolling lawn aerator
  • Electric auger
  • Stair ladder

No, we do not accept gas powered tools of any kind.

Please reach out to us at info@tacomatoollibrary.org with the details. Please include make and model information if available and a picture to help determine if we can utilize the item.

We do not accept building materials or chemicals.

We do accept certain unused consumable items and supplies including:

  • String trimmer line, all sizes
  • Sand paper, all kinds
  • Blades for:
    • Circular saws
    • Compound miter saws
    • Jigsaws
    • Scroll saw 
    • Reciprocating saws
    • Tile saws
  • Staples and brad nails
  • Paintbrushes and rollers