How does the Tool Library work?

Take A Class
Learn proper tool use and DIY skills in our supportive and personalized classes. Make something awesome. Members get a 20% discount, but everyone's welcome to participate!
Sign Up for Membership and Access:
Our Lending Library of Over 5,000 Tools
Check out everything you need for your Home-Improvement, DIY, Lawn & Garden, and Pinterest Projects! Tools are checked out for a 7-day period and returned to the same location.
Our Workshop Space
Build in community - no need to give up your garage. Both locations have on-site equipment (like table saws, jointers, and lathes) for member use.
Tool and Project Advice
Our members, staff, and volunteers share their skills, experience, and knowledge to support each other. Whether you're an experienced tradesperson or haven't ever held a hammer - we have a place for you at the library.

  Shop Eastside Food Co-op this MAY
 Plant seeds of change by rounding-up at the register!

  We're honored to partner with our neighbors at Eastside Food Co-op, a   community owned grocery store located in the heart of Northeast MPLS.   They share our cooperative values and commitment to the environment,   and this May they've selected MTL as their SEEDLINGS Beneficiary

If you're not already an Eastside shopper, we hope you'll take this opportunity to try them out and stock up on fresh, local and organic foods to fuel your spring projects!


Space To Learn
This winter we embarked on a mission to provide desks for local K-6 students.
THANK YOU to the many MTL'ers and community volunteers who helped to Make A Desk and Make A Difference in the lives of over 600 families!
We've wrapped up this pandemic project, but you can still help!
  • Donate to help cover project costs and ensure MTL can continue to donate their time and resources to build a more resilient and equitable community through similar projects.
  • Share your Space To Learn experiences with us! Whether you're a build volunteer or a desk recipient  - we'd love to see pictures of your desk(s), welcome feedback, and hear your story!Tag us on your social media posts and/or send us a note!

      For more info. about a Space to Learn, please contact us at

Support the MN Tool Library

Your tax-deductable gift allows MTL to continue to provide low-cost access to tools, training, and workspace - so that everyone has the opportunity to Fix Your Stuff & Fix the World. The Minnesota Tool Library is incorporated with the State of Minnesota and is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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NE Minneapolis

Thorp Building
1620 Central Ave NE
Suite #126
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tool Library Hours

By Appointment
Tuesday 10 AM - 1 PM
Wednesday 4 PM - 7 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 1 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM

Entry & Parking

The Tool Library is located in the main level of the Thorp Building, on the 1620 Central Ave side (slightly north of Diamonds Coffee Shoppe). Visitors can enter from the door at Dock #1, just behind the Tires & More shop on the corner of Central and 18th Ave. Upon entry, turn right into the main hallway, following signage to suite #126.

Saint Paul (Midway)

755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55104

Tool Library Hours

By Appointment
VolunTuesday 6 PM - 8 PM
Fix-It Friday 4 PM -7 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 2 PM

Entry & Parking

The Tool Library is located in the basement level of the Priorworks Building, on the south side (between Flannel Jacks and the Garage Murals). Visitors can park across the street or in the yellow dot lot, enter the double doors, and take the stairs ahead or the elevator on your left down to our suite. *If the building doors are locked please call/text us for the access code. Alternately, members may park in the underground ramp (Blue Dot Lot) and enter near CanCan on the lower level. Our suite is down the long hallway on the left.