Soon!! (But not quite yet.)


 Friends of the NESTL!!! We have great news!! After a long search, we are now holding the keys to what will be the NEW LOCATION of the NE Seattle Tool Library.The move itself will take time but please BE AWARE: We are not moved in and will not be up and running at the new location for a little while yet. We are still open at our regular schedule at the original location.

Rest assured, we will let you know when we are fully moved in at the new spot.

Thanks again for all your support. If you have any interest in volunteering to help with the move send us an email, stop by the library, or visit the link:




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Holiday Hours



The NESTL will be closed on Dec. 24th through the 31st. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.  If you have any questions please send them to:

Happy Holidays!

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Donate early on Giving Tuesday and get your funds matched

fundraising graphicPlease donate on Giving Tuesday, November 28th beginning at 5am PST to the NE Seattle Tool Library’s moving fund.

Donate early in the day to ensure your donation is matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $50,000. The library is close to finding a new home, and its expenses will increase significantly, along with the opportunities this new home offers. Your gift helps us make this transition without a hitch.

If your company matches donations, you can triple your gift!

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Searching for a New Home.



Dear Tool Library Members and Friends,

We’ve known since we began the library that our time in the present building would be limited, and now we must move forward into a new home. Our lease is set to expire one year from now and we are asking every tool library member to help us in the search.

Our goal is to find a location close to where we are now, with at least as much space as we have now, hopefully more. We’d love to have a little more elbow room to host events and classes.  Our steering committee will be beginning the process, and at some point soon will be asking for help to refine a vision for the future tool library, scout locations, connect with potential partnering organizations, develop resources and communicate with each other about how it’s going. We will also be inviting you to consider a volunteer role in the process or joining our leadership.

We will continue to serve our membership and the community during this process. You can expect the same hours and business as usual. Our hope going forward is to create a smooth transition so we can continue to share tools and community in our current and our future space.

The NE Seattle Tool Library was started with the hope that by sharing common resources we could both lighten our collective environmental footprint and save a few dollars in the process. What we didn’t anticipate was the camaraderie that would be created among library users, staff and volunteers. It is our fervent hope that we can retain and enhance that sense of community as we relocate, developing an even stronger one in the process.

There’s more information to come, but in the meantime, send any comments or ideas you have to:

All the best,

NESTL Steering Committee

Ken Yu, Debra Morrison, Dave Gifford, Lee LaCroix, Joel Gregory, Susan Gregory, Shannon Roberts, Mike Murphy, Chris Lemmon and Jim Gagnon

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We have recently acquired a new Cider Press! It is here ready to crush the juice right out of your summer and fall apple harvests. Get Pumped!  AND, in light of having the new press, we are doing something new this year!   This summer and fall we will be making the press available here at the Tool Library for walk-in pressings. That’s right! Come on over any Saturday or Sunday , starting in August and going through the harvest season, and bring your apples and your growlers and jars and jugs and such,

Mmm, Delicious!

Mmm, Delicious!

and get your press on!

CONATINERS FOR CIDER (14lbs of apples = roughly 1 gallon of cider.)
CONTAINERS FOR MASH (trash bags, or 5 gallon buckets work.)
                  … all mash must be taken off site
RESERVOIR (under 10″ tall- as taller will not fit under press)
 optional: a funnel or pitcher for controlled pouring.

P.S.- CIDER PRESS VOLUNTEER?   If you are a Tool Library Volunteer and would like to  help out with the press this August, head on over to the googgle.doc sign-up sheet thingamabob and get your name down!  AND IF – you are an avid presser, or pressure enthusiast or even a beginner who would like to learn more about cider pressing  and you would like to start volunteering with us specifically for the press, we would be thrilled to have you on board.  Send us an email and we’ll get you signed up.

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