The Northeast Portland Tool Library

The Northeast Portland Tool Library

Lise Harwin
Aug 27, 2008
We don't want to toot our own horn, but we're pretty sure we're one of AT's least handy writers. Put a hammer in our hand and we're bound to make a huge mess...don't even get us started on what damage we might do with a drill or a saw. Point being, we own zero tools of our own, which makes a new Portland service even more brilliant.

The Northeast Portland Tool Library opened its doors in mid-July, making a home in a one-car garage. Founded by Eric Fair-Layman (a perfect name for a tool guy, don't you think?), tools can only be borrowed by Northeast Portland residents -- you'll have to show proof of ID and a utility bill to prove it.

Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., tools can be checked out a week at a time and are due the following Saturday. There are about 200 pieces to choose from and resident can borrow up to five tools at a time. Bring 'em back, though. Returning tools late will generate a fine.

The library is run by volunteers, though there's hope of hiring paid staff in the future. For now, locals can make tax-deductible donations of tools or cash or generously give their time to help people like us know how to (safely) use the equipment.

(Live in North Portland? The North Portland Tool Library is located in the Kenton Firehouse at 2209 N Schofield St.)

Images: Portland Sentinel, Portland Mercury

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