We’re going to try opening up to allow people to pick up a tool without making a reservation. We will try to help people between noon and 2pm on Saturday. Do not show up before noon. Wear your mask. Keep your distance. Be kind. People with reservations get volunteer attention first.
MyTurn FAQ Sheets
How do I get a tool again?
If you want to check out a tool you need to reserve it in advance using our new system, MyTurn.
*Please do not change the checkout period. Tools check out for one week. If you change the checkout period, your reservation will be cancelled.
*As of 8/8/20 we’ve reset the system to allow one renewal online. So you can check out that table saw for a week and, if no one has reserved it, you can renew it for a week. You can’t renew tools until you’ve had them checked out for at least four days.
Please don’t “reserve” the same tool you have checked out as a clever bid to renew it. We truly admire the cleverness, but we won’t honor this going forward.
And, yes, we realize that we’re never near the phone so you can’t call and renew. We’re trying to figure something out. But for now, you have to show up in person at least every two weeks to renew a tool. You don’t need an appointment of this. You know how to maintain social distancing. If it helps, we like to see you.
*The latest you can reserve a tool for pick-up on a Saturday is Friday. This allows volunteers to pull the tools put on reserve out of the basement for pick-up on Saturday. If you reserve a tool on Saturday for pick up on Saturday, you probably won’t get it.
*Please remember to pick up that tool that you put a hold on.
The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is dedicated to fostering sustainability and building community by loaning tools and providing practical education to residents of North Portland.
We currently have over 1500 power and hand tools. The library includes tools for gardening, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, and–a new and growing collection–kitchen tools. We also have cool random tools that can improve your life such as a metal detector and a bike cart.
Our tool list is representative of the kinds of tools we carry but our stock is constantly changing due to maintenance, repair and donations.
In many cases we have a more than one of each tool on the list in stock. The best way to get familiar with the collection is to stop by during regular library hours and take a look around.
You are also welcome to give us a call to see if the particular tool or tools that you need are available. However, we do operate on a first come, first served basis and the tool library can be very busy.