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 8,000 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.


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. (EIN 47-1051712)


NE Minneapolis

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

Tool Library Hours

Tuesday 10 AM - 1 PM
Wednesday 4-7 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). Parking is available in the lot to the side or rear of the building as well as on-street. Visitors can enter from the front doors, the north side entrance (Dock#1) or at the rear of the building (Dock #13 will drop you right outside our suite). The prime parking area for NEMTL is behind the Tires & More shop on the corner of Central and 18th Ave. Pull into the side alley off Central between the Thorp building and the tire shop. Please note that traffic is one-way exiting onto 18th.

Due to construction, dock 1 parking is limited. Dock 13 or Dock 12 (next to Tattersall) are your best options for parking and entrance. *Please DO NOT park and block the dock 1 alley for unloading/loading.

Saint Paul

1010 Dale Street - Alley
St. Paul, MN 55117

Tool Library Hours

Tuesday 6-8 PM
Wednesday 10 AM-1 PM
Thursday 5-8 PM
Fix-It Friday 4-7 PM
Saturday 12-4 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 2 PM

Entry & Parking

The Tool Library is now located in the North End neighborhood, a block north of the Como/Front/Dale intersection. We are located on the lower level, at the back of the Capitol Lien Building. Our entrance is located off the alley - please come to the rear door of the building. Private parking is available for Tool Library Members and guests in the south lot. Short-term parking (15Min) for loading/unloading only is available at the back by the garage.