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1301 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
United States


Neighborhood help desk and catalyst for community engagement & action in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia

Tool Library


SK Cleans Tool Library

Whether it’s leading a cleanup on your block or simply sweeping the sidewalk in front of your house, SKCP can provide the tools to help you get it done. Thanks to a grant from Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, SKCP is proud to offer a Cleaning Tool Library -- a collection of brooms, rakes, and other neighborhood cleaning supplies available for residents to borrow at no cost.

Just stop in to the SKCP offices and complete a short Membership Application consisting of your name, address and telephone number verified by a document (like a state-issued ID; utility bill; or bank statement), and you’re ready to go! All tools are completely free to borrow for one week, with a $1/tool/day late fee.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can borrow tools from the SK Cleans Tool Library?

A: Anyone that lives or works in the Neighborhood Advisory Committee’s catchment area and is at least 18 years old is eligible.


Q: What tools are available to borrow?

A: A complete list of Cleaning Tool Inventory can be found here. Want a tool that isn’t on the list? Call 215-427-3463 or email us at and we can see if we can get our hands on one.


Q: How long can I keep the tools?

A: Most projects using our tools can be completed in 1 week and are due at noon. For example, if you receive the tools at 3 PM on Wednesday, they are due at noon on the following Wednesday. If you’d like to borrow the tools for an extended period, reach out! If nobody is waiting for them, tools can be renewed to avoid late fees.


Q: Where can I pick up the tools?

A: The Cleaning Tool Library is housed at SKCP’s office -- 1301 N. 2nd St. (the corner of Thompson and 2nd).


Q: Can I use the tools for a personal project?

A: Of course! Much like a regular library, you don’t have to have a special reason for checking out a tool. While we encourage neighborhood beautification projects, you can use the tools to clean smaller sections like your backyard or the vacant lot down the block that’s been an eyesore for years.


Q: What happens if I don’t return my tools?

A: We will find you, and we will get you. Only joking -- sort of. If people don’t return their tools, others can’t borrow them. And if that happens the library dies! Therefore, we’ll handle unauthorized and extended checkouts very seriously. Penalties can include being held liable for replacement costs and forfeiting the right to use the Cleaning Tool Library in the future.