The West Philly Tool Library loans tools to community members so they can perform simple home maintenance, tend their yards and gardens, build furniture, start projects, and learn new skills in a safe and affordable manner. We aim to be a community resource to provide home owners, tenants, long-time residents, and newcomers with the tools (and the knowledge) they need.
WPTL offers yearly memberships on a sliding scale, ranging from $20 to $50 a year (the Lifetime Membership is also available, and no, you don't need to live in West Philly to join). That membership allows you to borrow tools for 7 days with a $1 per day late fee for additional days. To put that in perspective, renting an electric air compressor (comparable to the ones carried at WPTL) costs $26 for 4 hours or $148 per week, plus a $50 deposit, at Home Depot. [Note: Per an associate at Lowe's in South Philly, none of the area Lowe's stores offer tool rentals at this time.] If you use air compressors (or any other tool) all the time, you'll probably still want to buy one for convenience. If not, you should check out the West Philly Tool Library's online database of over 4,000 tools and borrow what you need. It saves you money and supports a great cause. That's as win-win as they come.
*The Love Your Block team does not have any affiliation with WPTL other than being members since 2010. This post is an endorsement of sorts, but WPTL did not ask us to write it and we certainly were not paid by them or anyone else. We just like to recognize great things when we find them.
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