We've dialed back all Comunity Builds and Classes. 
Please keep an eye out for an email from us regarding your registration for programming between now & December 18th.


We know many of you rely on the MN Tool Library for your small business, home improvement, and emergency repair needs; in addition to the pinterest-worthy projects that will become even more important as we continue to shelter in place and respond to COVID-19. As an essential service we remain open, but are doing our best to mitigate the virus' impact on our community.
No project is worth our collective health and safety.


We are open by appointment to limit the number of people in/near our space at any given time, and we have instituted contact-free or less-contact operations when possible.

Steps we've taken to keep you safe include:

  • Staggered Appointments: Limited hours and offset appointments minimize the potential for asymptomatic transmission among people.

  • Increased Ventilation: Our dust filtration systems are already designed to help filter small particles from the air. We've also deployed more fans and filters for better airflow.

  • Contact-Free Reservations: Instead of members pulling their tools fom the shelves directly and waiting in line to check-out; our staff/volunteers pull/prepare advance reservations and check out the items so members can grab'n'go with little to no contact.

  • Increased Physical Distancing: We've set our capacity limits (for the shop, our on-site crew, and classes) below current regulations, shifted equiptment stations further apart, and make use our exterior hallways/areas for staging check-in/out.

  • Required PPE & Hand Washing: We require all staff, visitors, and members to MASK-UP and wash or sanitize their hands.

  • Limited Exposure: Meetings, Operational Tasks and Programming is performed remotely when possible and with a skeleton crew of staff/volunteers on-site as needed. Appointments and activities have been condensed to the shortest timespan possible, so no one is spending more time than they need to around those outside their immediate household.

  • Regular Cleaning/Disinfecting: Members are asked to wipe down and disinfect any of the tools they use at home or in the shop. In addition, MTL disinfects each item as it is checked-in before re-shelving inventory, and most enjoy a few days of quarantine beetween lends. Shop mentors/staff regularly disinfect key surfaces at the end of every shift, if not more often.

  • Contact Tracing: We have everyone's contact info on-hand for contact tracing were someone in our community to be exposed.

  • Open Communication: As an organization, we err on the side of safety and open communication. We will always reccommend caution because our communtiy comes first - whether that means we need to extend existing loans or postpone programming.

  • Mutual Respect: Anyone who is sick or feeling under the weather is asked to stay home - because we're a community, MTL'ers respect that. 

We miss chatting with you and hearing all the awesome things you're doing, but hope you'll connect with us online for support and social networking via our MemberShare group on Facebook.

Remember, we're on-site even less due to COVID, so please contact us via email if possible. We can respond much more quickly.

Keep Calm & Build On, 
MTL Staff, Volunteers, and BOD