Please Welcome Our New Coordinators!

We are very happy to announce the hiring of our new co-coordinators for the Northeast Seattle Tool Library, Mike and Chris!

Chris:  I’m very happy to be working at the Tool Library! and look forward to helping my neighbors.   Challenging projects and the “mental gymnastics” and working out details for unique problems interests me.  I’ve been a tinkerer and builder since I was young, was an Army Special Forces Engineer, for 21 years, most recently I worked in the tool department at Lowe’s.  My other job is custom metal fabrication and my studio is located here in Wedgwood and I love visitors.  Please come by the library, say hi, and borrow some tools.

Mike:  Hi!  I as well am really happy to be working here at the Tool Library!  I look forward to the opportunity to help the NESTL community in all manner of projects. I have a background in home construction and landscaping as well as a background in design.  I have volunteered with the library and getting to know the other volunteers that grace our shed with their good work and smiling faces.


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Wait List Items

Now we are well into our busy season during the spring and summer, some members may have noticed a lot of items are reserved!

The wait list is created when someone would like to borrow an item that is currently checked out. When an item is reserved it can not be renewed and when it comes back, we call the person at the top of the list. They have that day and the whole next day we are open to come pick up the item. After that time we move on to the next person waiting.

Below is a link to the items currently on the wait list and the number of people waiting. Please be advised if there a lot of people waiting for popular items you may not be able to borrow it when you come unless we call you, even if you see them listed in the inventory!


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We are Hiring a Coordinator!

Do you like serving for the community, have a good knowledge about tools and a knack for organization? Well perfect, because we are hiring a new Coordinator for the Tool Library! We encourage you, our membership, to apply or forward on to anyone you think might be a good applicant! Please see below for job description:

NE Seattle Tool Library Coordinator – Job Posting (April 2016)


The NE Seattle Tool Library Coordinator is currently the sole paid staff person for a growing project of Sustainable NE Seattle. The Tool Library aims to provide affordable community access to a wide variety of tools and sustainable resources. Working with the Steering Committee, the Coordinator assures that the primary functions of the library are carried out with consistency, reliability and in harmony with the goals of NESTL and Sustainable NE Seattle.


The Library Coordinator should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to independently manage busy open hours.

  • Experience managing volunteers and/or staff; experience working with non-profits strongly desired.

  • Reliable and self-motivated, able to work independently without onsite supervision

  • Detail oriented and comfortable with computer software including: Gmail, Microsoft Word, Excel and our online-based software MyTurn.

  • Broad knowledge of common hand and power tools; ability to safely operate, basic technique and best practices strongly desired.

  • Ability to maintain and organize a large inventory and online catalogue of tools.

  • Capable of assessing tools conditions and perform basic tool maintenance tasks strongly desired.

Essential Tasks:

  • Be the primary staff person at the Tool Library during open hours (Thursday 5-8pm, Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 2-5pm) and schedule volunteer assistant staff or coverage as needed.

  • Recruit and train volunteers on basic operations: how to check tools in and out, complete new membership forms and add new tools to database.

  • Accurately maintain and expand or cull the inventory of tools as they are circulated and acquired. This includes accepting new donations or passing along excess inventory.

  • Answer or appropriately route all phone calls, mail, and e-mail correspondence. Update and maintain the website and Facebook with news and events, send quarterly Newsletters to the membership.

  • Report to the Steering Committee and attend monthly meetings. (Steering Committee meetings are currently held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm.)

  • Assist with record keeping and monetary bookkeeping needs.

Compensation: The NE Seattle Tool Library Coordinator shall work a minimum of 18 hours/week, at a rate of $18/hour. There are no health benefits attached to this position, but 3 weeks/year of paid vacation.

Please send resume and cover letter to byMonday May 2nd, 2016.

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Grand Opening of Capitol Hill Tool Library!

Capitol Hill Tool Library will be celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, April 30th from noon-4pm!

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Have Something that Needs Fixing?

Did you know the Tool Library hosts a “Fixer’s Collective” twice a month? All People are welcome to bring in their broken tools and appliances and our genius fixers will help you repair them!

Maybe you don’t have anything broken and you’re just interested in tool repair and maintenance? Or you have a love of fixing but no broken tools to fix? That’s fine too! The Tool Library has a steady supply of broken tools that need some TLC and can be worked on during Fixer’s Night.

Please join us! Fixer’s Collective meets:
6:30-8:30pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month @ the Tool Library


Need some inspiration? Check out Sugru’s “Fixer’s Manifesto”!



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