Minnesota Tool Library moves Saint Paul branch


The Minnesota Tool Library is excited to share tools and trade skills in a new location for the 2023 lending season.
In December volunteers were busy helping their local cooperative lending library relocate. Its new digs at 1010 Dale Street North are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Prior Street branch; but will provide significantly increased accessibility and allow the nonprofit to better serve its members within the North End, Frogtown, Rondo, and Como neighborhoods. There will be an open house event in early February.
The Saint Paul branch of the MN Tool Library opened in 2017 in the basement of the PriorWorks Building and has been providing tool loans, DIY classes, and shared workshop space for the community ever since. “We’ve been very fortunate for the support of the Hamline-Midway and Saint Anthony Park neighborhoods as we set-up shop on Prior. The St. Paul branch started out serving about 300 local households, and now more than twice as many members use the branch for their home improvement needs, small businesses, and community projects. Before we closed our doors in Mid-December for the move, the St. Paul branch had already processed 13,690 tool loans.” noted Executive Director Kate Hersey. “Our growing operations and constraints at Prior made the move necessary; but it was really important that we found a space nearby where we could maintain and honor the community relationships we’ve built here in the Midway. We look forward to seeing familiar faces from the neighborhood when we open our doors at Dale and hope to engage and empower even more Minnesotans through sharing in the new year.”
The Prior location officially closed its doors on Dec. 19 to finish up the move and resumed operations Jan. 6. Up-to-date information on operating hours, the open house, and current volunteer opportunities can be found at www.mntoollibrary.org. The Minnesota Tool Library is a member-based, volunteer-driven 501(c)3 non-profit organization. MTL believes in empowering one another, reducing waste, and improving communities by sharing tools, trade skills, and shop space.


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