Library of Things

Borrowing Guidelines | Library of Things Items

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’s Library of Things doesn’t have framed pictures, but you can take photos and videos with a GoPro, binge watch a favorite Hulu or Netflix show using a Roku Express+, or ditch the Ethernet cables with a WiFi hotspot.

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Borrowing Guidelines

  • Patrons must be at least 18 years old and have a Lincolnwood Library card to borrow items from the Library of Things.
  • Each item checks out for 2 weeks and can be renewed once if no one else has placed a hold on the item.
  • Patrons can place holds on Library of Things Items via our online catalog or by contacting the Information Services Reference Desk at 224-233-1841.
  • If an item becomes overdue, you will be charged $1 per day until you return the item.
  • Each item has replacement costs if lost or damaged.
  • All Library of Things items must be picked up and returned to the Information Services Reference Desk.
  • Please do not place Library of Things items in the parking lot or lobby dropbox.  Please do not return these items to the checkout desk.

Library of Things Items

Click each item for more information, instructions and troubleshooting tips:

Roku Streaming Media Device: Stream content from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Vudu and library apps such as Kanopy and Hoopla. In order to borrow the Roku devices you have to have Wi-Fi in your home, and have a TV with an HDMI input or a composite input.

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Roku: Netflix/Hulu/Disney+

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Roku – Netflix/HBO/Apple TV Plus/Amazon Prime Video.

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Roku – Netflix/Acorn TV/Viki

Canon Rebel T7 Digital Camera: The Canon Rebel T7 is a digital single reflective lens camera (DSLR). This camera bundle offers the essential tools you need to improve your photography skills. Check availability or place on hold.

Wolverine Film2digital MovieMaker: Convert your 8mm/Super 8mm film to digital format. Movies are saved to an SD card which you then transfer to your computer or storage device. Check availability or place on hold.

Kodak Scanza: Convert your slides or film negatives to digital format using the Kodak Scanza converter. Pictures are saved to an SD card which you then transfer to your computer or storage device. Check availability or place a hold.

H5 Handy Recorder: High-quality, advanced digital audio recorder. Allows four-track recording and provides individual gain controls. Multiple inputs including XLR. Can be used with DSLR cameras. Check availability or place a hold.

XLR Microphone Cables: Use these XLR microphone cables with any XLR microphone. These are also compatible with the H5 Handy Recorder. Check availability or place a hold.

Apeman LC350 Digital Projector: This digital projector allows you to display content in large format on screens and indoor and outdoor walls. Devices like laptops, smartphones, tablets, and USB drives can connect to its multiple inputs. Check availability or place a hold.

Over-the-air antenna: This AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna has 35 miles of range and connects to most TVs to receive freely broadcast wireless channels. Check availability or place a hold.

Wifi Hotspot (Wireless Internet): This device allows you to wirelessly connect smartphones and tablet computers (without using data), laptop computers, and similar devices to the internet from locations such as your home, outside public spaces, or while using public transportation. Check availability or place a hold.

Homido V2 Virtual Reality Viewer: Insert your smartphone into the headset and access content on freely available VR apps like Google Cardboard.

Currently unavailable due to COVID-19.

GoPro Hero Camera:  A small digital video and still camera designed for action photography. Check availability or place a hold.

GoPro Hero Camera Kit (with Accessories): This kit includes a GoPro Hero Camera and 4 different accessories (bicycle mount, mini extension pole and tripod, suction cup mount, head strap and quick clip). Check availability or place a hold.

GoPro Bicycle Mount: Secure the GoPro to a handlebar, seat post or a pole. The non-slip design fits .35in to 1.4in diameter tubes. Check availability or place a hold.

GoPro Head Strap & Quick Clip: The Head Strap can be strapped to a helmet or directly on your head. The QuickClip can be used to attach your GoPro to baseball caps, belts and more. Check availability or place a hold.

GoPro Suction Cup Mount: Attach the GoPro to cars, boats, motorcycles and more. This industrial-strength Suction Cup mount is proven at speeds of 150+ mph and engineered for stability and a broad range of motion. Check availability or place a hold.

GoPro Mini Extension Pole & Tripod: This is a pocket sized tripod/extension pole that extends up to 8.9 inches. It can be propped up on any leveled surface. Check availability or place on hold.

NEW Bike Repair Kit: This kit comes with common bike tools. It is very easy to use for regular bike repairs, such as cleaning the chain, changing a tire, changing the bottom bracket, adjust shifter and brake cables. Check availability or place on hold.

Chromebook: This HP Google Chromebook laptop is a simple way to get online. It only has the web browser and connects you to the Internet quickly and safely. Check availability or place on hold.

Chromebook kit: This kit comes an Acer Google Chromebook laptop and a Coolpad Surf Wi-Fi hotspot. This is an all-in-one solution to access information if you don’t have either a computer or Internet access at home – this provides both. Check availability or place on hold.

Chromecast: This device plugs in to your TV via HDMI and connects it to your home Internet so that you can stream entertainment like YouTube, Netflix, and other free and paid entertainment services. Check availability or place on hold.

Amazon Echo Dot: This is a small smart speaker that connects to your home Internet and responds to questions phrased like, “Alexa, what’s the temperature?” with spoken answers. Check availability or place on hold.

Xbox One controller: This wireless controller is compatible with all Xbox One consoles and games and Xbox Series X/S consoles and games. Check it out to temporarily expand your number of players. Check availability or place on hold.

Playstation Dualshock 4 controller: This wireless controller is compatible with all Playstation 4 consoles and games, and some specific Playstation 5 games. Check it out to temporarily expand your number of players. Check availability or place on hold.

Projector screen: Along with our Apeman Digital Projector, you can use this 80 inch tripod-mounted projector screen for an outdoor movie night or indoor presentation. Check availability or place on hold.

CD/DVD drive: If you need an optical drive but don’t have one, you can check this simple unit out and plug it in to any computer with a USB-A plug to access or create CDs and DVDs. Check availability or place on hold.