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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 NorthEnd/Como 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 Saturday & Sunday of Art-A-Whirl weekend.

Shop Tours
Stop by during open hours on Saturday (10AM-2PM) 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!

MAKE IT Gallery Exhibit & Challenge Showcase
Share, celebrate & connect with a community of Makers, DIY’ers and Artisans!  View 2023 MAKE IT Challenge entries, vote for your favorite builds, and glean inspiration for your next DIY at our Gallery Exhibit. (Open Saturday 10AM-4PM @ Dock 1)  This year we challenged our community to go green and MAKE IT sustainably – whether by design (using reclaimed or repurposed materials for their build) and/or function (making an item that encourages reuse or sharing within one’s home or community).

Want to learn more about the build story behind the pieces, meet the makers, and see what build wins? Register for the Showcase & Social Hour (4-6PM).

Hands-On Activities
Dare to Repair!  Join us on Sunday (3-6PM) for our monthly community FIX-IN.
Learn how to troubleshoot and repair your household items, electronics, tools, textiles, and more!
Our May FIX-IN will feature extra support for garden tool maintenance, like blade sharpening and handle repair, so you can be ready to hit the garden as soon as the ground thaws!

Online Sales

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

Need help?

If you have a question about an order or a pickup, or about fulfillment options for an item, please contact the artist or gallery.

If you need help with this website or your customer account, or if you are an artist or gallery in need of support, please contact us.

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