Ballard Tool Library


7549B 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Given Governor Inslee’s stay home order, the Ballard Tool Library is now open by appointment only.

Please email manager@ballardtoollibrary.org to arrange an appointment.

Preferred Time Windows for Appointments:
Monday    –  9am to 12 noon
Tuesday   –  9am to 12 noon
Wednesday –  7am to 3pm
Thursday  –  7am to 3pm
Friday    –  7am to 3pm
Saturday  –  8am to 1pm
Sunday    –  9am to 12 noon

If this doesn’t work for your schedule, we can schedule an appointment at a convenient time for you. We are flexible. Arrange an appointment by emailing or texting Kim at manager@ballardtoollibrary.org.

We schedule an appointment day and time that works for you, when your appointment is confirmed, Kim, the Tool Library Manager, will meet you at that time and open the Library. Appointment slots are for one member only.

If you are new to Sustainable Ballard and prefer to come into the Library to sign up for a membership, you should allow extra time. If you are a Sustainable Ballard member, but have not used the Tool Library before, you will create a Library login, receive a copy of our Tool Use Policy, sign a waiver and provide ID.

We have a sale shelf of low priced tools which are overstocked at the Library. We also appreciate donations and will provide you a tax receipt for your records.

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!  As a supporting member of Sustainable Ballard, your membership is free! Just drop in during any of our open hours, sign our waiver and you can start borrowing tools right away! We just ask for a donation of $1-$10 per tool per week. Low to no cost options are available for those with limited income. If you aren’t a Sustainable Ballard supporting member, sign up here.

How Can I Help?

  • 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 with support from Jackson Design Build.