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.
With over 2,000 tools in our inventory, 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 available to our members and 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.
Tool Library Rules
At MUD, we are really proud 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 new 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. Please follow these rules.
1.) ONLY MUD MEMBERS MAY BORROW TOOLS FROM THE LIBRARY. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Tools are for the personal use of our members only, not commercial projects and/or contractors.
2.) MEMBERS MAY ONLY CHECK OUT AND RETURN TOOLS DURING TOOL LIBRARY HOURS
Tues. and Thurs. from 4pm-7pm and Sat. and Sun. 10am-4pm. Tools left outside the MUD office can be stolen or damaged. Members who fail to follow this rule may be charged to replace tools and may lose their borrowing privileges.
3.) DEFAULT LOAN PERIOD = 7 DAYS
High demand tools (seasonal) are due back the next shift, to make them available for more members. For example, if you check out one of the tillers on Saturday, it is due back on Sunday.
4.) To renew your tools, call or email the Tool Library office BEFORE THEY ARE DUE.
5.) LATE TOOLS WILL INCUR LATE FEES
FREE TOOLS = $1/per shift/per tool
FEE TOOLS = TOOL FEE x # of shifts late
6.) TOOLS SHOULD BE RETURNED CLEAN.
Please remove dirt, grass, dust, sawdust, plaster, paint, or other residue from your tools so that they are clean for the next user. Some tools can be ruined without proper cleaning. You may be charged a cleaning or repair fee for failure to clean your tools.
7.) DAMAGED TOOLS MUST BE REPORTED TO LIBRARIANS UPON RETURN
If you damage a tool through careless or improper use, you can be charged a fee of 50%-100% replacement or repair cost of the tool. Please follow all instructions and remember that manuals for most tools can be found published online.
8.) TOOLS OVERDUE MORE THAN ONE MONTH WILL BE CONSIDERED STOLEN
We will pursue and prosecute people who steal tools. This is about sharing, people!
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!
We are proud to say that the MUD Tool Library is home to over 2,000 different tools! We also hope that number continues to grow so we can help you with all your future DIY projects! In the coming days, non-members will be able to browse our inventory online via Local Tools, our online Tool Library Database created by MyTurn! This service is available for current members. If you are having trouble accessing your Local Tools account, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that tools can only be checked out and returned during open hours.
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)|
Check-out Fees – $3/Use
Check-out Fees – $5/Use
Check-out Fees – $10/Use