Libraries loaning “stuff” isn’t a new concept. Framed paintings were available for checkout at the Newark (N.J.) Public Library back in 1904. Lincolnwood has our Library of Things which doesn’t have framed pictures, but has GoPros for taking photos and videos, Rokus for watching shows on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and more, and WiFi hotspots for on-the-go data use.
Along with the Library of Things, we also have technology available for you to check out and use while you’re here in the building. If you need an adapter to help get your technology set up to get things done, we’ve got you covered.
While you use these devices, we hold your library card or photo ID. They are both set up to automatically connect to the Library Wi-Fi Internet network. They are checked out to Lincolnwood residents only.
Laptops – Check out one of our HP ZBook 15 laptops out to use for up to four (4) hours while you’re in the building. While you have it, we hold your photo ID. Programs installed on these laptops include: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, VLC, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, and Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can also use it with accessories that plug into its ports: HDMI, two USB-A, USB-C, 3.5 mm headphone.
iPad – Check out our 9.7″ iPad for up to four (4) hours while you’re in the building. We hold your photo ID while you have it. Installed apps: Lincolnwood Library app, Kanopy, Hoopla, Creativebug, Flipster, Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Apple Pages, Apple Keynote, Apple Numbers, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, iMovie, GarageBand, Snapseed, Photoshop Express, Adobe Sketch, Adobe Draw, Apple Clips, Apple Photobooth, Genius Scan, Tumblr, RoughAnimator, Procreate, and Skpye, Zoom. Please make sure to clear out any content you carete and sign out of any apps you signed into while on the iPad.
When you’re on the go, you may forget the cable you need to get things done. You can check out any of these cables from the front desk and use them as long as you like while you’re in the library. All that’s required is any library card registered in our system.
USB-C Hub – Check out this one (1) adapter that we have to plug in to your fairly recent device with a USB-C plug to add another USB-C plug along with three (3) USB-A plugs to connect older devices/accessories like flash drives and microphones to your device.
USB-A to Apple Lightning with power adapter – Check out one of the five (5) of these we have to power up your Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
USB-A to Apple Lightning – Check out one of the two (2) of these we have to synchronize and/or power up your Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch from a laptop USB-A plug or any of the USB-A power outlets available in some parts of the library.
USB-A to USB-C – Check out any of the four (4) of these we have to power and/or access your USB-C device (many phones and tablets, some cameras and ereaders).
USB-A to Micro USB – Check out one of the two (2) of these we have to power and/or access your Micro-USB device (phones, tablets, ereaders, battery packs, and many other devices, especially those that use Google Android like Samsung devices).
Apple Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack – Check out one of our two (2) Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapters to convert your iPhone or iPad Lightning port to work with older headphones with their circular connector so you can use your standard headphones.
Apple Watch power adapter – Charge up your Apple Watch while you’re at the library with our power adapter.
Apple Lightning 2-in-1 power and headphone adapter – Charge and use Lightning headphones simultaneously with your Apple iPhone or iPad with any of our three (3) of these adapters.
USB-B Mini power adapter (Motorola power adapter) – Check out this adapter to power and connect to older phones, especially ones from Motorola.
30-pin Micro Power adapter – Charge old devices that mimicked the Apple iPod Dock connector with this adapter.
Technology class archive
Click here to view our page of archived technology class videos you can view at any time to learn more about technology including on many devices that use some of these cables.