Ballard Tool Library


7549B 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Open Hours:
Saturday, 9:00am – 11:00am
Sunday, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What is a tool library?

Just like a normal library, a tool library is a sustainable public service that provides community access to tools and an exchange of knowledge, at little to no cost.

What kinds of tools does Ballard Tool Library (BTL) have?Tool Library Perusing

Whatever you need!  We use a very loose definition of “tool,” therefore our members can expect to find the usual drills, saws, etc. as well as sewing machines, juicers, marlinspikes, compost aerators, and many other dealy-bobs and whatchamacallits! We aim to build a collection that represents Ballard artists, craftspeople, gardeners, mariners, and putterers.

How Can I Join?

Easy!  Just drop in during any of our open hours, sign our waiver and you can start borrowing tools right away!

How Can I Help?

  • Come to a monthly Planning Meeting – Usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00PM following the monthly Repair Cafe. Watch the Sustainable Ballard Events calendar:
  • Join the Google group – Stay in the know and help with planning by joining our discussions in our Google Group.
  • Make a Donation – Support the Ballard Tool Library by making a tool donation during our open hours or by making a $5 or $500 donation (or anything in between) to Sustainable Ballard. Please note that you would like your funds to support the Ballard Tool Library.


This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.