10228 Fischer Pl. NE Seattle, WA 98125 neseattletoollibrary@gmail.com (206) 524-6062 (open hours only)

Hi, I’m Your New Coordinator!

*I’m not the baby

Hello dear Tool Library community! My name is Josh and I am your humble new tool librarian, AKA, coordinator. A bit about me you ask? Well sure. I’m originally from upstate New York, grew up mostly in Boulder, Colorado, went to college outside of LA, and I have called Seattle home for the last 12 years. I first became a member of the Tool Library a few years ago while my partner and I converted our garage into a loft apartment (check out the pics). We were very happy not to have to buy scaffolding and a cement mixer, along with many other tools we borrowed. I used to manage the Cascade People’s Center (a community and environmental education center near downtown). I have been a professional camper, potter, and sandwich master. I raise vegetables, chickens, bees, and an 11 month-old cherub named Cedar. I can’t wait to help you get what you need to get your job done!

Josh Epstein

Before the Tool Library

After the Tool Library

Closed on 9/12

Hello dear members,
Due to the nasty combination of Covid (which encourages an outdoor space) and wild fire smoke (which forces us inside), we are closing the Tool Library for Saturday 9/12. We expect to be open for both our Tuesday and Thursday 5-8 PM shifts this coming week. If you have items that are due Saturday, we will extend your loans automatically for one week, but please try to bring them in next Tuesday or Thursday.  Let us know if further extensions are needed, and we’ll see what we can do. We will forgive all late charges caused by this double whammy.
We apologize for any inconvenience and will be back and running as soon as we can do so in a way that is safe for our members, volunteers and coordinators.
Please check back here or at our Facebook page for updates.

Thank you for your flexibility and being part of our community!

Open Hours Update – September

Dear Tool Library Members

The library will be open weekly on THURSDAY 5 PM – 8 PM, effective September 10.
We will continue to be open on Saturdays 9:00 AM – 12 PM and Tuesdays 5 PM – 8 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
Thursday 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 in need of volunteers to help us staff these new open hours shifts!
Please sign up today if you can.

Special note: If you still have loans out from earlier this year or during our closre, please bring your items in so that others can use them. In particular, if you have any of the items below PLEASE help us by returning them immediately! These are super useful tools and members are asking about them. 

Thickness (Bench) Planer, 12″
Random Orbit / Hand Sanders
Table/Miter/Reciprocating (Sawzall) Saws
Pressure Washers

Thank you, and stay safe

-NE Seattle Tool Library Steering Committe

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

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.