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Wait – Hold List

As a service to members, wait lists are available for already checked-out tools. To be put on the wait-hold list, email us at neseattletoollibrary@gmail.com. This list changes seasonally and is not reflected in our online inventory in-stock status. Please email or call us to place a request.

The wait-hold list fluctuates seasonally and often with the weather. In Spring it is the lawn mowers and string trimmers that go on this list. In the most of the Summer, its the pressure washers. Potentially plan for short waits and/or loan periods if needing these items during those times of year. Roto-hammers,extension trimmers, and carpet cleaners are among other items that are often waited for. The online inventory DOES NOT reflect the holds on this list.

How it Works:

A “wait list” is created when someone would like to borrow a tool but all tools of that type are currently checked out.

The Tool Library Coordinators shall determine what items have wait lists and shall approve all requests from members to be placed on the list.

Any item with members waiting cannot be renewed. When it is returned, the person at the top of the waitlist is notified that a tool is being “held” for them. The member has through the next open day to pick up the item.

If the member fails to pick up the held item, then the next person waiting is notified. (Failure to pick up a tool means it just sits there unavailable to anyone for a couple days, so don’t be one of those people!)

When a list has no more members waiting, then that wait-list is deleted and any tools of that type will be first-come-first-served again like other tools.

  • Please Note: Items being held will continue to be listed as IN STOCK NOW in our online inventory yet they may NOT  be available for immediate checkout by members coming in. These items are not yet picked up. Any tool with a wait list is unavailable to walk-in members, regardless of what the on-line inventory says.  Please call or send us an email to check on the actual availability of these tools. Sorry for the inconvenience or confusion this may cause.

To make a request to be placed on a wait list please email us at neseattletoollibrary@gmail.com

Special Items

The following items have exceptions to the normal wait-hold process. Reservable items have specific loan dates.

Cider Press:  Reservable, (non-renewable) 1-5 day loan (seasonal)
Catering Items: Reservable, 1 week loan (renewable)

Thank you for your patience!

Due to a filing oversight, our parent organization, Sustainable NE Seattle, has lost its 501(c)(3) tax exemption. We are working on reapplying for tax exemption. In the meantime, any membership fees or gifts you give us are not tax exempt. We will continue to serve the community at the same standard.

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