MUD’s Tool Library, established in 1987, demonstrates sustainable living by sharing tools, resources, and knowledge, and enabling MUD members to improve their lives and homes and become more self-sufficient. With over 3,000 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.
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
Mon. and Fri. 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!
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!
The fee per day we are open for all fee tools
$1/day for all other tools
Check-out Fees – $3/Use
Bosh Rolling Table Saw
12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Check-out Fees – $5/Use
Gas Leaf Blower
Check-out Fees – $10/Use
Cider Press (on site/$20 offsite)
Certain Paint Sprayers
We are proud to say that the MUD Tool Library is home to over 2,500 different tools! We also hope that number continues to grow so we can help you with all your future DIY projects! Non-members are able to sign up online via Local Tools, our online Tool Library Database created by MyTurn.
Both MUD Members and non-members can browse our inventory online here. If your membership is current and you are having trouble logging into your Local Tools account, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that tools can only be checked out and returned during Tool Library Hours.
FRIDAY 4-7 PM
SATURDAY 10-4 PM
SUNDAY 10-4 PM
MONDAY 4-7 PM
Wish we had a specific tool in our inventory? Let us know!
For any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the tool library, please call (406) 549-6790 or email email@example.com.