Sustainable Capitol Hill Tool Library
The Capitol Hill Tool Library is a project of Sustainable Capitol Hill which is a network of neighbors, businesses and community groups dedicated to making Capitol Hill a sustainable community. We are working to create a vital neighborhood – one with strong connections between people, place and the local ecosystem. The Capitol Hill Tool Library has partnered with First Covennant Church to house the tool library. It is located at 1552 Crawford Place between Pike and Pine, near Summit and Bellevue. We will be opening in early 2016.
Our permits have been approved, and we’ll soon be doing licensed construction to build it all out. (Do you know a good licensed contractor? Let us know!)
Welcome to the Capitol Hill Tool Library, where the people are friendly, and things can be fixed. Come join us for sustainable community projects, classes, and community events, learning to DIY and have fun doing it! Don’t know what a tool library is? Imagine borrowing a food dehydrator, a ladder, a fishing rod, much like you would borrow a book from SPL. Imagine learning how to fix your broken toaster, building a worm bin, preserving your summer bounty.
Enjoy a local community of knowledgeable fixers, tool lending, and workshops at the new Capitol Hill Tool Library. We have broken our Steering Committee into teams, as well as listed volunteer opportunities in case you can’t make any meetings. If you’d like to join our community of tool librarians, please email the leads listed on the Volunteer page. We still have a lot of work to do, and donations of time as well as money are a key ingredient to bringing this all together. Join us for our Tool Library Building Meetings on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month or contact us. If you’d like to join our community, let us know! Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’d like to help! Alternatively, you can show up to our next steering committee meeting or event.
Tool Library Misson
The goals of the Capitol Hill Tool Library are:
- to build community by bringing the members of the neighborhood together to share tools, time and skills,
- develop neighborhood resiliency by making tools available for general use as well as teaching the community how to make and repair things,
- reduce unnecessary consumerism and waste by sharing resources as a community rather than buying them separately as individuals.
A tool library is similar to a book library: it is a collection of tools that members can check out, use for a while, and then return. We use the term “tools” very broadly to include any items that someone might use on an irregular basis such as the usual woodworking and gardening tools, but also tools for cooking, food preservation, sewing, and even special events. Our vision for the tool library is larger than simply making tools available to borrow, however. We intend to host workshops to help people learn various skills from using the tools in the library, to fixing broken items, to other self-sufficiency classes such as food growing and preservation. Some of the workshops may also be focused on completing tangible sustainability projects such as: parks restoration, building worm bins or solar cookers together, etc. We hope to use the tool library to collaborate with other groups in the neighborhood and to serve as a resource to further their work. For instance, the tool library could partner with neighborhood fruit gleaning projects, neighborhood cleanups, or native plant restoration projects by providing the necessary tools as well as advertising these events to our members. The Capitol Hill Tool Library aims to build a stronger community, empower people and the neighborhood to be more resilient, and reduce waste associated with individual consumption. We hope you’ll join us!
420 E. Pike St. (Enter at 1552 Crawford Place) Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 424.209.7878