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! We currently have over 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!

We’re looking at  software that would allow you to browse our inventory online and streamline the process of checking tools in and out. It will increase our yearly expenses by $1000, though. Your donation can help us make the transition! 

We can receive a check or cash during open hours, you can send a check via regular mail, or you can donate online.

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 2020.

Most Sincerely,

The NPTL Board of Directors,

Jameson Wirtz, Philip Sydnor, Clarence Jacobs & Marci Macfarlane

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.


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.

Do you think we should have a tool we don’t? Call or email us about donating one. Would you like us to be open more hours? Consider volunteering your time and energy.

The tool list below 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.
At this time we do not place items on hold.
Representative Tool list
Kitchen Tools


  • Air Popper Popcorn Maker
  • Manual Meat Grinder
  • Power Hand Mixer
  • Electric Coffee Urn

& Woodworking

  • Block Plane
  • Cat’s Paw
  • Chisels: Wood
  • Clamp: Right-Angle
  • Clamps: Bar 36″, 40″
  • Clamps: C
  • Clamps: Quick  2″,4″,6″,8″
  • Coping Saw
  • Crow-Bar
  • Hammer: Finish
  • Hammer: Framing
  • Impact Driver Set w/bits
  • Impact Driver: Electric,Manual
  • Level:Torpedo
  • Nailer: Flooring
  • Plumb Bob
  • Pocket Screw Jig
  • Protractor/Angle Finder
  • Pry Bars
  • Router
  • Router Table
  • Saw: Rip 24”
  • Scribe/Compass
  • Square: Framing
  • Square: Speed
  • Square: Tri
  • Stud Finder
  • Tape: 100’ Reel
  • Tape: Measure 25’
  • Trim Gauge
  • Utility Knife
  • Vernier Caliper

Garden Tools

  • Axe
  • Bar: Cutting/scraping
  • Bar: Digging 72″
  • Drain Spade
  • Edger: Electric
  • Hatchet
  • Hoe: Garden
  • Hoe: Hoop
  • Lawn Aerator
  • Lawn Mower: Push
  • Pick: Digging
  • Pick: Mattock
  • Post Setter
  • Pruner: Lopping
  • Pruners: Hand
  • Rake: Grading
  • Rake: Leaf
  • Saw: Bow 18″,21″,24″
  • Saw: Branch
  • Seed Spreader
  • Shovel: Flat Point
  • Shovel: Round Point
  • Shovel: Small Garden
  • Shovel: Snow
  • Tamper: 8” x 8”
  • Tamper 10″ x 10″
  • Trimmer: Electric
  • Trimmer: Hedge (Manual).
  • Trimmer: Pole
  • Trowel: Garden
  • Turning Fork
  • Weed Puller
  • Wheelbarrow

Power Tools

  • Angle Grinder
  • Cement Siding Shears
  • Compressor: Air
  • Demolition Hammer
  • Dremel Rotary Tool
  • Drill: ½” Hammer
  • Drill: ½” VSR
  • Drill: 3/8” VSR
  • Drill: Right Angle
  • Nailer: Brad (18 ga.)
  • Nailer: Finish (16 ga.)
  • Nailer: Framing
  • Nailer: Roofing Coil
  • Power Planer
  • Rotozip Cutting Tool
  • Sander: 18” Belt
  • Sander: 21” Belt
  • Sander: Detail
  • Sander: Orbital
  • Sander: Sheet
  • Saw: 8 1/4″ Miter
  • Saw: 10” Miter
  • Saw: 12″ Miter
  • Saw: 10” Table (Portable)
  • Saw: 14” Metal Cutoff
  • Saw: Circular
  • Saw: Jigsaw
  • Saw: Reciprocating
  • Saw: Tile
  • Saw: Scroll
  • Saw: Band
  • Stand: Miter Saw
  • Stapler: Narrow Crown
  • Vac: Wet/Dry
& Mechanical
  • Conduit Bender
  • Digital Multimeter
  • Hacksaws
  • Hex Key Sets
  • Nipper: 10”
  • Pliers: Fencing/Box
  • Pliers: Linesman
  • Pliers: Slotted
  • Pliers: Vice Grip
  • Screwdrivers
  • Snips: 12″ Sheet
  • Snips: Tin
  • Socket Sets
  • Tape: 100’ Fish
  • Telephone Crimping Tool
  • Tester: Circuit
  • Tester: GFI
  • Tester: Receptacle
  • Wrench: Crescent
  • Wrench: Pipe
  • Wrench: Slip

Drywall & Masonry

  • Caulking Guns
  • Knife: Corner
  • Knife: Mud 4”
  • Knife: Taping 12”
  • Knife: Taping 8” Panel
  • Sander:Hand
  • Saw: Drywall
  • Scraper 3″
  • Scraper 4″
  • Scraper: Floor
  • T-Square 48”

Other Tools

  • Extension Cords
  • Hand Metal Detector
  • Hand Truck
  • Heat Gun
  • Hole Saw Kit
  • Ladder: 17’ Multi
  • Ladder: 21′ Multi
  • Ladder: 6’ Fiberglass
  • Masonry Hammer Bits
  • Roofing Spade
  • Hammer 10lb Sledge
  • Hammer: 5lb Sledge
  • Hammer: 3lb
  • Spade Bit Set
  • Tile Cutter 14”
  • Tile Saw: 7” Wet
  • Wallpaper Steamer
  • Work Lights


  • Carpet Cutter
  • Knee Kicker
  • Power Stretcher
  • Seam Roller
  • Stair Tool


  • Floats,  Seamer
  • Trowel: Notched
  • Trowel: V
  • Trowels: Finish
  • Mixing wands


  • Full Set Bike Tools
  • Mechanic Stand
  • Truing Stand

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