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Open Hours Update – August

Dear Tool Library Members

The library will now open weekly on TUESDAY, 5 PM – 8 PM
These open hours will replace our weekly, Sunday (2 PM – 5 PM) operations.
We will continue to be open on Saturdays 9 AM – 12 PM.

We are making this change in an effort to adapt and more sustainably keep the library open for our community. Let us know if you have questions or comments,

Current Hours:*
Saturday 9:00 am-12:00 pm,
Tuesday 5:00 pm -8:00 pm

*Face coverings as well as physical distancing are required.
Limited number of members will be allowed inside the library at any given time.

We are also in need of volunteers to help us stay open!
Please sign up today if you can.

Thank you, and stay safe

-NE Seattle Tool Library Steering Committee

Operations Update

Dear Tool Library Members,

In early June we implememented modified operations, allowing a limited number of members (maximum of 4 at one time) into the tool library to personally select their tools while maintaining safety protocols.  Masks are still mandatory, and we expect members to maintain 6 foot social distancing. Members should be prepared to wait, so please plan for extra time to allow for everyone’s safety. 

Open Hours: We are now open Saturday 9 am – 12 noon and Tuesday 5 PM – 8PM pm.

Tool Returns: go to the tool return/disinfecting station (back/East side) and a volunteer will assist you. Please return your tools first before entering the library. Please return your tools as soon as you can, as our inventory continues to be limited from our closure.  Overdue fees are accumulating in effect. Renewa renewals will be allowed on tools out since our closure. 

Tool selection and check out: Go to the back of the building to the East door stairs to ENTER.  Wait to be called in by a coordinator or volunteer. To ease congestion members are asked to come solo.  Please be prepared with a list of desired tools to expedite service. Unavailable tools may be placed on the wait hold list. EXIT at the North loading dock. 

To keep the tool library open we need more volunteers. The August calendar is very open, so please consider signing up.  We always enforce mask use and social distance protocol as much as possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we work to keep our members and staff safe. 

The NE Seattle Tool Library Steering Committee

Farewell Chris!

From Chris Lemmen, the coordinator to all my dear members, staff, and volunteers. It has been a privilege and a wonderful experience to serve you at the tool library. It is with a heavy heart I have to announce I will be leaving Seattle and moving to Northern Idaho, Couer D’ Alene area by September. My last official day at NESTL is July 6th. I will miss you all and the tool library.

Who knows, maybe Northern Idaho has a tool library in its future.

We are hiring!

The NE Seattle Tool Library (NESTL) Coordinator is one of two paid staff people for this popular community project. NESTL is a project of Sustainable NE Seattle providing free community access to a wide variety of tools and sustainable resources. Working closely with the NESTL Steering Committee and the Member/Volunteers, the Library Coordinators assure that the primary functions of the library are carried out with consistency and reliability, and in harmony with the goals of NESTL and Sustainable NE Seattle.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should possess most of the following skills and abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of common hand and power tools and how to operate them safely
  • Ability to assess tool condition and maintenance needs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to serve the community
  • Ability to manage volunteers
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Detail-oriented, reliable, and comfortable with basic computer applications
  • Strong self-motivation and an ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision
  • Ability to maintain and improve the organization of a large inventory of tools

Essential Tasks:

  • Provide primary staffing of the NESTL (Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 – 3:00 PM, Sunday 2:00– 5:00 PM) in coordination with the other Tool Library Coordinator
  • Check tools in and out and complete new membership enrollments in the database
  • Accurately maintain and expand the inventory of tools as they are circulated and acquired
  • Recruit and train volunteers in the basic tasks of staffing the library
  • Evaluate tool donations, accepting only what is needed and/or unique
  • Assist with record keeping and bank deposits
  • Maintain and update the database and work schedule of NESTL volunteers
  • Maintain and update the Website and social media accounts
  • Prepare e-mails for the general membership and volunteers via G-mail or Mail Chimp
  • Answer or appropriately route phone calls, mail, and e-mail correspondence from the public
  • Attend Steering Committee meetings as requested by the Steering Committee, currently on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Prepare notes prior to the meeting; current operations, issues, significant events, upcoming events, budget and planned purchases requiring approval
  • Purchase supplies, equipment and repair parts as required. Maintain a purchases spreadsheet and provide a budget report during the monthly meeting.

Start date: July 11, 2020

Application Deadline: June 26, 2020

Salary: $16,200 – $18,000*

*Compensation: The NESTL Tool Library Coordinator will be paid for 18 hours of work each week, at a rate of $18/hour.

Apply by using this link or by sending an email to NESTLCoordinator@gmail.com


In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have closed the tool
library for all hours temporarily. Please check our website or Facebook page for updates. We will let you know if anything

In the meantime, there will be no late fees assessed, and we ask that you keep your tools until we reopen.

Thank you for understanding that our primary concern is keeping our community safe, and that we will reopen as soon as we can.

Take good care everyone!

The NE Seattle Tool Library Steering Committee