Minot Tool Library building its inventory with tool drive

The Minot Public Library, the home of the Minot Tool Library, will host a tool drive on its parking lot Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to contribute tools in good working condition and free of rust. Charitable donation receipts are available.

The Minot Tool Library is a free service that will loan landscaping, gardening and home improvement tools.

“Libraries are about more than just books and the tool library is just another step the Minot Public Library is taking to meet the needs of our community,” said Janet Anderson, Library director. “The mission of the Minot Public Library is to connect, enrich, and inspire and I believe that the tool library will do all of these things as it allows us to connect people to resources they might not otherwise have and it will hopefully enrich people’s lives by making them more self-sufficient and maybe even inspire them to do more than they ever imagined they could.”

Developed in partnership with the Resilience AmeriCorps VISTAs and the Minot Public Library, the Minot Tool Library seeks to empower local residents by providing them with the proper tools needed for making improvements or modifications to their residence. The tool library will be open to Minot Public Library patrons, allowing them to reserve the tools they want to use. The process to become a patron is a simple one; to obtain a library card, present photo identification and proof of residence to a staff member at the Minot Public Library. Staff and volunteers plan to offer tool workshops in the future.