Tool Library coming to St. Paul

The Saint Paul Tool Library is coming soon to the Midway neighborhood // Photo via facebook.com/saintpaultoollibrary

The Saint Paul Tool Library is coming soon to the Midway neighborhood // Photo via facebook.com/saintpaultoollibrary

Have a home improvement project on the to-do list but not the tools to build it? Head to the library.

The Northeast Minneapolis Tool Library, a nonprofit organization that rents out basic hand tools and power tools to its members, announced it is opening a new branch in St. Paul. After a successful crowdfunding campaign and support from the Knight Foundation, the Saint Paul Tool Library is in the process of signing a lease at the American Can Factory located at 750 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul, the future home of Can Can Wonderland.

The Saint Paul Tool Library will be a branch of the Northeast Minneapolis Tool Library and together they will go by the name the Minnesota Tool Library. The Northeast Minneapolis Tool Library opened just over a year ago and has 400 members who pay a $55 annual fee to rent out tools one at a time. But tool rental isn’t the only service that will be offered at the new Saint Paul Tool Library.

“Much like the Northeast Minneapolis Tool Library (NEMTL) we will offer hands-on workshops on a wide variety of subjects,” the organization wrote in a Facebook post. “One of the best things about getting a relatively large space is it provides us with the room to host these workshops comfortably. You will not need to be a member to attend, but members will receive a discount.”

Eighty-five percent of the tools at the Northeast Minneapolis location were donated, and they hope to achieve similar numbers in St. Paul, though they are not yet ready to begin accepting donations. More information about the Saint Paul Tool Library can be found on the group’s Facebook page.


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