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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.

Volunteer with Tacoma Tool Library!

We rely on community volunteers to keep us going, and there are many ways you can help out your local tool library!

Take a look at the different volunteer role descriptions to see what makes the best use of your abilities, fits your schedule and will help you gain new skills. Most of our volunteer roles do not require any tool knowledge.

Volunteer perks include a free one-year membership and early access to tools.

During tool lending hours, volunteers are responsible for building tool reservation orders, checking tools in and out, inspecting and reshelving tools, writing maintenance tickets, and general customer service ito the public and members alike.

5/9/2024 Update: Currently we are in our very busy season and we are in need of more Tool Librarian volunteers to help out during our tool lending hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Number of hours and start & end times can be flexible.

Tool Lending Hours:
Wednesday 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm

Suggested skills for this position include:

  • Customer service: talking with people, listening to and understanding questions and problems.
  • Computer/tech literacy
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs easily (not necessary, but helpful

Volunteers spend time sorting through donations, testing out tools and cataloging tools into the MyTurn inventory database. Performing safety checks on power tools may require tool research or some tool knowledge.

This role offers greater flexibility in time commitment and scheduling on an as needed basis following tool donations.

Suggested skills for this position are:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Data entry
  • Research skills/ Problem solving
  • Computer/tech literacy (esp. using a touch-screen tablet)
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs easily (not necessary, but helpful)

Volunteers in this area play an instrumental role in keeping the tool inventory up and running for members. Tasks include simple and complex electric tool repairs and preventative maintenance.

This role offers greater flexibility in time commitment and scheduling on an as-needed basis for tools needing repair.

Suggested skills for this position are:

  • Above-average tool use/proficiency required
  • Safe DIY repair experience preferred
  • Tool/shop safety knowledge
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs easily (not necessary, but helpful)