Tool Library

MUD’s Tool Library, established in 1987, demonstrates sustainable living by sharing tools, resources, and knowledge. With over 3,000 tools in our inventory, we have everything to help you improve your garden, home, car…you name it! Just like the books in a library, all of MUD’s tools are shared by our members, so please take great care of them. We appreciate your efforts to support MUD and the concept of neighborly resource-sharing!

Winter Restoration

The MUD crew is grateful that our tool library is well loved by the Missoula community. But as we all know, self-care is key in any lasting relationship. That’s why we are taking one month this winter to give our tool library some lovin’ during our Winter Restoration. From January 15 through February 15, tools will be available for checkout on Saturdays only from 10am—4pm. During the rest of the week, our staff will be giving the tool library some tender loving care, including much needed maintenance, repair, organization, and inventory.

On Saturday, February 15, we’d like to invite you to come feel the love at our MUD Re-opening Celebration! We’ll be showcasing our rejuvenated tool library, offering heavily discounted tools for sale, and enjoying drinks and refreshments. Thank you for your continued support while we work to provide quality tools and services to the Missoula community. We’ll see you on February 15!

Inventory

Click Here to view our Tool Inventory

Both MUD members and non-members can browse our online tool inventory by clicking the link above.  If your membership is current and you are having trouble logging into your account, contact us at info@mudproject.org.

Please remember that tools can only be checked out and returned during Tool Library hours.

Rules

At MUD, we are proud that our Tool Library has become such a staple for DIY-ers in the Missoula community. In order to continue providing a high quality resource, we ask that all new MUD members review and sign our Tool Use Policy.

1.) ONLY MUD MEMBERS MAY BORROW TOOLS FROM THE LIBRARY.

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

Tool Library hours are Monday and Friday, 4pm-7pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 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.) TO AVOID LATE FEES, RETURN TOOLS ONE WEEK AFTER CHECKOUT

The exception is high demand tools, which are due back the next shift to make them available for more members.

4.) TO RENEW YOUR TOOLS, CALL OR EMAIL THE TOOL LIBRARY OFFICE BEFORE THEY ARE DUE

5.) LATE TOOLS WILL INCUR LATE FEES

The majority of tools accrue late fees at a rate of $1 per Tool Library shift. However, tools that have a checkout fee accrue late fees at a faster rate. For example, a tool that costs $3 to checkout would accrue late fees at a rate of $3 per Tool Library shift.

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 may be charged 50%-100% of the cost to replace or repair the tool.

8.) TOOLS OVERDUE MORE THAN ONE MONTH WILL BE CONSIDERED STOLEN

We will work with local law enforcement to recover stolen tools.

Fees

Your MUD Membership allows you to check out the majority of tools in the Tool Library for free. However, some of our tools require high levels of maintenance or have associated fuel costs and therefore require an additional fee to checkout. User fees allow us to keep these tools in working condition.

$3 Checkout Fee

String Trimmer
Bosh Rolling  Table Saw
12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Gibson Snowthrower


$5 Checkout Fee
Lawn Mower
Air Compressor
Cement Mixer
Chipper (small)
Paint Sprayer
Pressure Washer
Smoker
Gas Leaf Blower


$10 Checkout Fee
Cider Press ($10 on site/$20 offsite)
Chipper (large)
Tillers
Meat Grinder
Certain Paint Sprayers
Truck Trailers

Winter Restoration Hours January 15 – February 15

FRIDAY CLOSED
SATURDAY 10-4 PM
SUNDAY CLOSED
MONDAY CLOSED

Wish List 

Wish we had a specific tool in our inventory? Let us know!

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Contact

For any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the tool library, please call (406) 549-6790 or email tools@mudproject.org.