SouthEast PortlandTool Library
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Neighborhood Fairs and Picnics, oh my!


Steve Couche, the driving force who made SEPTL a reality in 2010, is still out at every opportunity letting our neighbors know about the wonder that is the Tool Library.

On July 26th, Steve will have a table set up at the Division/Clinton Street Fair from 10am to 3pm, and would like to enlist the help of 3 of our members to work with him for one of the two shifts, either 9:30am – 12:30pm, or 12:30 – 3:30pm. Steve will bring the canopy, table, two chairs and the SEPTL banner and brochures. . . all you have to bring is your enthusiasm for SEPTL! Any questions or to sign up, email Steve at And have fun at the Fair!

Then on August 10th, Steve, and the 3 other members who have already signed up, will be at the Buckman Neighborhood picnic from 4 – 8pm at Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th and Taylor.

If you are curious about the tool library, do stop by and chat with Steve and the other members. SEPTL lends its tools FOR FREE thousands of times a year, to thousands of members. Learn more about our sharing community.

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Rules changed

1) Tools are now due back by NOON on Saturday rather than 10am, and due back Tuesday and Thursday by 7 pm closing time. 2) The rest of this post was clear as mud, so I've rewritten it. This rule change is about borrowing or renewing when you have … [Continue reading]

Seismic Retrofit Workshop – July 2014

When our last Seismic Retrofit Workshop filled to overflowing in January, we promised you a repeat engagement, and here it is for all of you who were turned away. For this Workshop we are once again tapping the skills and generosity of Michael Wieber … [Continue reading]

Tool Sharpening May 10, 2014


GET YOUR TOOLS SHARPENED AND HELP SEPTL TOO! DATE: Saturday, May 10, 2014 TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm WHERE: Parking lot of St. David’s Episcopal Church on the corner of SE 28th and Harrison Street. See the flyer This is the time to get a … [Continue reading]

Sheetrocking, pizza continue


We we were at it again. Not all the sheetrock got hung but we made good progress and all of us gained new skills. And of course we had a great time together. Pizza included, as always. - e michael Photos credit: Julie, our new volunteer … [Continue reading]

New Rule about Late Fines

Simple Rules

At SEPTL we have a love/hate relationship with Late Fines. On the one hand we really want tools to be returned on time so they are available for others to borrow. On the other hand Late Fines are our primary source of income which we use to buy new … [Continue reading]

April Volunteer of the Month – Chelsey Churchill


Chelsey Churchill, SEPTL’s April volunteer of the month, has a nearly contagious enthusiasm for volunteering with the tool library. She confesses to having told her husband that her goal when she became a volunteer was to be selected volunteer of the … [Continue reading]

Fred Meyer wants to give us their money!

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You can help SEPTL earn donations from Fred Meyer just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! 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 … [Continue reading]

Spring 2014 Seed Swap = Success

The 2014 first-at-SEPTL Seed Swap was a satisfying success according to the two volunteers who staffed the Seed Swap in the Grace Room at St. David’s Episcopal Church. There was a steady stream of people from the time we opened the doors at 9:00am … [Continue reading]

FREE Naturescaping Workshop April 13, 2014


Once again we are happy to host a FREE Naturescaping Workshop: Naturescaping Basics, presented by the East Multnomah Soil & Conservation District. Learn how to design a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, AND … [Continue reading]