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Thorp Building

1618 Northeast Central Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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MTL is a volunteer-driven member cooperative that provides access to tools, training, and shared workspace.  We pool and share resources with each other to reduce our environmental footprint and save money that can then be re-invested in our small businesses, homes, and neighborhoods. The core of our programming is a large inventory of hand and power tools (7,000+ items) that members can borrow for their projects. It’s part of our mission to empower artisans, makers, and crafters in their pursuits – and share tools and trade skills with one another.

  • Craft in Community at our branches. Let our shops serve as your studio!
    Located in NE MPLS and in the Hamline/Midway neighborhood of St. Paul.
  • Borrow the tools you need to create or custom frame your art.
  • Share your skills and teach workshops through our collaborative.
  • Reach new markets for commissions, sales, and programming.
    Join our list of MTL Makers or inquire about becoming an Artist in Residence.
  • Explore new mediums without the hefty price tag of specialized tools.
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Minnesota Tool Library is open on Friday & Saturday of Art-A-Whirl weekend.

Shop Tours
Stop by Friday after 4 or anytime Saturday to take a tour of the Tool Library and learn about our collaborative. Explore our inventory and get inspired for your next project, shop our reuse merchandise and handcrafts, and check-out upcoming workshops!
Masks Appreciated.

Member Made Gallery Exhibit
View #MTLMade projects from our members in a variety of mediums.

Hands-On Activities
DIY – Join us for a variety of mini-projects to promote reuse, empower your inner artist, and help build a more resilient and equitable community.

  • Woodworking & Waste Reduction – DIY Firestarters
    Friday 4-10PM * Saturday 2-8PM
    Stop in to create custom firestarters using reclaimed sawdust from our shop! Explore a variety of hand planes and carving tools to create shavings from scrap wood and learn how to reclaim materials, reuse, and up-cycle items for your next Pinterest-worthy project.

Online Sales

Minnesota Tool Library does not currently take online orders. Email or call for purchase information.

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