Library of Things

The Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional items from our library that you can enjoy on the go, like the binoculars in our Nature Backpack, or a hotspot to have WiFi access wherever you need it. If you see an item you’d like to borrow, please take the item’s card to the Welcome desk. If you see an orange card, the item has already been checked out and is not currently available. You can scan the QR code with your phone’s camera to place a hold on the item or ask staff to help you place a hold.

What would you like us to add to the Library of Things? Let us know

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are items checked out?
Each item is checked out for 3 weeks and will automatically renew unless there are holds on it.

Do I need a Northbrook Library card to check out an item?
No, we can check out an item with any valid library card.

Can I put a hold on these items?
Yes, you can find these items in our catalog, or scan the QR code found on the item's card to place a hold on it.

How do I return an item from the Library of Things?
Please return the item to the Welcome desk in the lobby during our open hours.

Current Items in the Library of Things

Assistive Devices
Enhanced Vision Magnifier
Mini Magnifier

Digitization
Direct-drive Professional USB Turntable
VCR to DVD Converter and Dubbing Unit

Entertainment & Education
Roku Streaming Stick (Youth) 
Roku Streaming Stick (Adult: Educational)
Roku Streaming Stick (Adult: Movies & TV)

Outdoors
Nature Backpack with binoculars & magnifying glass

Projection
80” Projection Screen with Stand
Bell & Howell 16mm Filmosound Projector
Bell & Howell Super 8mm Autoload Silent

Film Projector
Epson Movie Projector
Kodak Carousel Slide Projector

Technology
Kill a Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
Mobile Hotspot 
Google Chromecast