Ballard Tool Library

7549B 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117


In light of the current status of COVID 19, we have closed the library for all hours until March 31st. Please monitor our website, social media channels and newsletter for updates. We will inform you if anything changes.

The Ballard Tool Library is run by volunteers. As COVID-19 can be transmitted by someone who is asymptomatic, we think it is best for everyone’s safety to close for the time being. If  you desperately need a tool to help you create a safe environment at home, please email and we will try to arrange a way to get it to you.

Thank you all for your understanding and patience as we try to provide the best possible support for this community in terms of both delivering a useful service and mitigating the impacts of the coronavirus on our colleagues, friends, families and region.

Please note: New Hours for 2020!
Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

If you’d like to volunteer to help the Library stay open for all its posted hours, please contact

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 will 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, canopies, lawn aerators, and many other dealy-bobs and whatchamacallits! We aim to build a collection that represents Ballard artists, craftspeople, gardeners, mariners, and putterers. Are you looking for a specific dealy-bob or whatchamacallit? Let us know and we’ll try to get it!

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! You’ll need an annual membership to Sustainable Ballard ($35 Individual, $60 Household, or $100 Sustaining). Then we ask for a donation of $1-$10 per tool per week. Low to no cost options are available for those with limited income. Set up your tool library membership now.

How Can I Help?


Tool Library Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes! Find your niche as a Tool Librarian, an Outreach Volunteer, a Tool Maintenance Volunteer, a Repair Specialist, Lead a Workshop or join our CraftsmanCorps offering advice in your specialty to novice Library members. Contact our Tool Library Manager and let him know what interests you!

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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.