Who volunteers?

The North Portland Tool Library has only a single quarter-time employee. We are almost entirely volunteer-run. The tool library needs YOU to volunteer!

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Join a community
  • Credit toward fines
  • Letter of reference

When can I volunteeer?

  • Mondays from 6:30-8pm are VOLUNTEER NIGHT for volunteers ONLY!  Volunteer night is on temporary hiatus except by appointment.  If you have a specific project you want to work on or are interested in helping re-start volunteer night, contact us!
  • Tuesdays from 5-7:30pm & Saturdays from 9am to 2:30pm. Drop in or sign up for a full or partial shift in advance in person. Shifts include: front desk, tool repair, and tool guide.
  • Irregularly-scheduled events and workshops.  For updates, join the email list below.

Example Drop-in Volunteer Opportunities

Clean Tools

  • Empty shop vacs and sander/saw dust bags
  • Clean garden and tile tools

Front Desk

  • Help check tools in and out
  • Sign up new members

Tool Guide

  • Help people figure out what tools they need to use
  • Help people fine the tools they need

Office Work

  • Organize paperwork
  • Organize tool accessories

Sort Donations

  • Sort and bag sets (e.g., wrenches)
  • Set aside certain items for the tool sale

Tool Repair

  • Fix broken tools