Power Tools to the People!

Invest in NPTL for Future Generations

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For the past 14 years, the North Portland Tool Library has been loaning tools to the people of North Portland … free of charge! We plan to be around a lot longer. But we need your help! You are receiving this because you are one of our nearly 8,000 NPTL members. That’s a big number, and here are some other figures to blow your mind:

  • We serve more than 10% of the North Portland population
  • This past year alone, we’ve loaned approximately 8,500 tools
  • We’ve kept thousands of tools from disposal
  • Our free tools have saved homeowners, renters, local businesses and community groups hundreds of thousands of dollars

To say our budget is a shoestring is to exaggerate—it’s more like one little section of a shoestring. We’d like to be able to lace up our work boots and step into the future. Over the course of the year, many of you regularly drop money into our “tip jar” when you come in to rent tools from us. Thank you, THANK YOU! But consider these numbers:

If each member donated just $10, we’d have $80,000!
If each member donated just $5, we’d have $40,000!
If each member donated $0, we’d have $0. How sad!

Want to be a high roller? Consider giving at one of these contribution levels:

Steel: $50 – gets you a snappy NPTL baseball cap
Copper: $100 – gets you an all-cotton NPTL T-shirt
Solid Gold: $250 to $500 – gets you a cap, a T-shirt and a tool from our secret stash

We can receive a check or cash during open hours, you can send a check via regular mail, you can make a contribution by clicking the “Donate” button at the top of our Facebook page, or you can click “Donate” on the homepage of our website.

Please make checks payable to: North Portland Tool Library

Our mailing address is:
2209 N. Schofield St.
Portland, OR 97217

Thank you for your support! We wish you all the best in 2019.

Most Sincerely,
The NPTL Board of Directors,
Teri Thomas Petersen, Franny French, Jameson Wirtz and Philip Sydnor

The North Portland Tool Library is a project of North Portland Community Works a qualified organization for tax exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Tax ID: 93-1156762 Donations are tax deductible as the law allows.


In Memory of Gerald Howard

December 27, 1949 – May 25, 2018


NPTL Board President Gerry Howard passed away on May 25th after a long illness. Gerry gave many years of volunteer service to the North Portland community. In addition to serving on the tool library board for more years than anyone can remember, Gerry volunteered with MESO, an organization that grants small-business loans to low-income individuals. A banker by trade, Gerry was also an avid rail buff, and for many years was the board secretary of the SP&S Railway Historical Society. He was also a member of the Mount Hood Model Engineers railroad club. Intelligent and dedicated, Gerry was a true optimist with a huge heart and a generous spirit. He was dearly loved by many and will be missed. 


Thank you to Sam Chase from Metro, Mayra Arreola from PDC, Tom Griffin-Valade from North Portland Neighborhood Services, and Gerry Howard, Franny French & Teri Thomas Petersen from the NPTL Board, for making the Tool Annex a reality. 

And of course thank you to our Sponsors

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The tool library is a project of North Portland Community Works a 501c3,

TAX ID: 93-1156762 Thanks in advance for your generous donation! Your North Portland Tool Library Board



 Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to (non-profit) at fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name, North Portland Tool Library or by our non-profit number 81557.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping (non-profit) earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.


We would like to personally thank each and every volunteer who has spent time with us during our “busy” season.  We also want to thank those who have worked during a fundraiser or event.  It is with your continued support that we are able to offer more to our community and in turn we all grow stronger together.    The volunteer opportunities are going to be fewer going forward, but we will still need folks who can give our tools some love,  this includes cleaning, sharpen and oiling all the garden tools for winter storage, and moving and reorganizing our shelves for a more convenient winter mode  operation.    As always, you can come be tool librarian for a few hours to share the love with our community. Thank you! Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Registration with the Library is free to all residents of North Portland. Please see the membership tab for additional details about registration and requirements.

Become a “fan” of the North Portland Tool Library on Facebook. It’s an easy way for you to stay connected with the most up to date information from us!   The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource dedicated to building community and fostering sustainability by providing residents with tools and the power to use them. We loan a wide variety of tools to community members free of charge. The NPTL benefits North Portland residents by reducing the costs of maintaining and improving the places in which we live, work, and play. The NTPL support diverse, livable neighborhoods and fosters community pride.


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