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Browse the Ballard Tool Library catalog … see what there is to borrow!

The Ballard Tool Library has hundreds of tools in its inventory — there for you to borrow!  From screwdrivers, chisels, and putty knives, to

3-prong receptacle outlet testers, a stone knife sharpener, and a 4-ft cultivator, to

a jig saw, a router, and a staple gun, to

a bench grinder, an automobile floor jack, and a ball peen hammer, to

a beverage cooler, a power juicer and pressure canner and cooker,

the Ballard Tool Library may have just what you need for your arts & crafts project, automotive / boating / marine repair task, home DIY, gardening project, events … and much more!

You can check out the full inventory here.

Tools may be borrowed by anyone with a Sustainable Ballard paid membership.

How do I become a member?

The Ballard Tool Library aims to be as inclusive as possible. Our membership fees are by suggested donation only. No qualified applicants will be turned away due to lack of funds. Members must be 18 and over. To become a member, you’ll fill out an application, sign a waiver, and make a donation. Then, you’re ready to borrow any of our available tools during your membership. Sustainable Ballard members automatically receive membership to the BTL as one of their benefits.

How does borrowing work? 

Once you become a member, you’ll be able to borrow available tools. We will provide a real-time, online inventory of our collection, so you’ll be sure the item you need is available. Tools are checked out for one week and are due during open hours (PLEASE don’t leave that chainsaw just lying around outside!). You can renew your item for an additional week if no one else has placed a hold on it.

What if I return my tools late? What if I break something?

It happens! When you sign the waiver during the application process, you agree to only borrow and use tools that you are able to handle in a proper, safe manner. We suggest that if you must return a tool late, you make a donation. If something breaks, just tell us. We’ll do what we can to fix it.

Become a Sustainable Ballard paid member today and take advantage of one of the best resources in our neighborhood.