About Our Tool Library
MUD’s Tool Library, established in 1987, demonstrates sustainable living by sharing tools, resources, and knowledge, enabling MUD members to improve their lives and homes and become more self-sufficient.
We have everything from hand and power tools for your lawn and garden to home repair and renovation tools, from auto repair and maintenance tools to tools that help with food preservation, sewing, and other domestic projects.
The tools are shared, just like books in a library – please take care of them while using them so they are in great shape for the next MUD member. We appreciate your efforts to support MUD and the concept of neighborly resource-sharing by taking good care of the MUD tools.
November 2013 Featured Tool
Too cold to work outside? Time to tackle those inside projects. MUD has a number of specialty tools to help finish up those tasks you’ve been putting off all summer. Whether it be painting, drywall repair, or tiling mud has you covered. We have tile wet saws, drywall lifts, folding scaffolding, and even professional quality paint sprayers*! Give us a call or stop by today and we’ll get you what you need.
*Due to operating and cleaning issues we require the borrower attend a quick ‘How To’ class before we can loan the paint sprayers. They are offered on demand and taught by a highly experienced professional painter. Please call ahead of time to schedule.
We are proud to say that the MUD Tool Library is home to over 1,000 different tools! We also hope that number continues to grow so we can help you with all your future DIY projects!
Use our Tool Library search feature below to help you find exactly the tool you need. Our inventory is frequently updated, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for in the online search, please contact the Tool Library directly (406.549.6790).
Please remember that tools can only be checked out and returned during open hours.
Tool Library Inventory Search
Food Processing Tools
MUD’s Tool Library offers access to a suite of food processing equipment. As with any food processing situation, proper use of equipment, sanitation, and equipment maintenance are critical for food safety. Click on the links below to learn more about all our food processing tools.
MUD Tool Library Wish List
Our extensive tool library collection is as much a testament to the Missoula community as it is to our MUD Tool Librarians and staff. Without generous donations from the community each year since the Tool Library was founded, we wouldn’t have the variety and sheer number of tools we currently have.
In our continued efforts to always better serve our members’ needs, we have compiled our Tool Library Wish List. Below, you will find everything from small items like oil for our lawn mowers to our big Dream List items. For most items, we are happy to take new or gently used tools.
Tool donations are always appreciated, but please do call the Tool Library (406.549.6790) to confirm your donation prior to bringing it on site. For safety purposes, please do not leave donations outside of Tool Library hours.
Small (but always needed!) Items
|Good Quality 2 Cycle Oil|
|Briggs & Stratton 491588S Flat Air Filter Cartridge (rectangular)|
|Tecumseh Air Filter 35066 (tube shaped)|
|SeaFoam Motor Treatment|
|Triflow Superior Lubricant (Drip or Aerosol)|
|Fumout Brand Starting Fluid|
|White-Lithium Grease Spray|
|POR-15 Rust Prevention Paint|
|Thread Pitch Guages (SAE and metric)|
|Trimmer Line (bulk spools preferred)|
|Mulching Mower Blades & Regular Mower Blades|
|Small Engine Spark Plugs (need a variety)|
|Ratcheting Combo Wrench Sets (SAE and metric)|
|Socket Sets (SAE and Metric, impact and non)|
*Please contact the Tool Library (406.549.6790) for specific information on these items.
|Fruit Picking Ladder|
|[image]||Silver Line Drum Sander (preferably pro model)|
|New Cider Press|
|Honda Pressure Washer|
|Stihl String Trimmer|
|Honda Snow Blower|
|Electric Snow Blower|
|Pneumatic Floor Nailer|
|Mechanics Tool Set|
|Batteries for Cordless Drill (1)Batteries for Cordless Drill (2)|
|Dremel Rotary Tool|
|[image]||Chop/Miter Saw (Dewalt 10 or 12′ Compound Miter preferred)|
|[image]||Folding Saw Horses|
|[image]||Floor Jack (large, preferably aluminum)|
|[image]||Cordless Drills with 2 Batteries, Charger, and a Hard Case|
|Heavy Duty Wheel Barrows (in good condition)|
Tool Library Policies
We are really proud at MUD that our Tool Library has become such a staple for DIY-ers in the Missoula community. In order to maintain the quality of tools our members have come to expect, we ask that all MUD members review and sign our Tool Use Policy.
Like any library, we ask that our members treat the tools they check out with care and respect, returning them in the same quality in which they checked them out.
Tool Library Fees
Many of our tools are free to check out and use as part of your MUD Membership. However, some of our tools require regular maintenance and repair, or they have associated fuel costs. User fees contribute directly to the on-going costs of keeping these tools in working condition. In order to ensure tools are returned on time so that others may have access to them, we do charge late fees as well. Please be considerate in your tool use and help MUD keep this service available to all our members!