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 for our self-care as we continue to deal with the impacts of Covid-19.  As an essential service we've remained open throughout this crisis, and will continue to do our best to mitigate the virus' impact on our community.
No project is worth our collective health and safety.


The Minnesota Tool Library is slowly returning to standard operations.
You are no longer required to make reservations or an appointment for check-in/out.

We will be moving our operations back into the shop bit by bit, but you are still welcome to utilize the online reservation system for less-contact operations. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines, mask-up, and help limit the number of people in our space.

Steps we've taken to keep you safe include:

  • 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.

  • Required PPE & Hand Washing: We require all staff, visitors, and members to MASK-UP if not fully vacinated or if spending time in the workshop. We also encourage everyone to wash or sanitize their hands.
  • 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.

  • Limited Exposure: Meetings, Operational Tasks and Programming are offered with remote options when possible. 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 between lends. Shop mentors/staff regularly disinfect key surfaces at the end of every shift, if not more often.

  • Vaccines: We believe in making choices for the collective good - MTL encourages our staff, volunteers, members, and friends to take advantage of all the tools available to protect themselves and others against COVID.  While we appreciate vaccination as a powerful tool for resilience, we also respect and support the individual healthcare decisions made by those in our community, so we are NOT requiring vaccination for participation in MTL programming. We do REQUIRE those that have not been fully vacinated to remain masked.
  • Open Communication: As an organization, we err on the side of safety and open communication. We will always recommend 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