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.

Choose from Rokus that come with:
-Netflix/Hulu/Disney+
-Netflix/HBO Max/Apple TV+/Amazon Prime Video
-Netflix/Acorn TV/Viki TV
-Disney+/Discovery+/HBO Max
-Family Rokus with Disney+/Discovery+, Amazon Prime Video/Sensical and more
-and a Roku loaded with free streaming service apps like YouTube, Pluto TV, Tubi TV, Crackle and more

Click here to check availability or to place a hold

Amazon Echo: This device and its integrated digital assistant Alexa listen to you speak and vocally responds with answers to your questions. Plug it in to power and set it up with the Amazon Alexa app on a smartphone or tablet that is signed in to a free Amazon account. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Bike lock: This lock features a 2-in-1 bicycle U-lock and steel cable for added protection for security anywhere you and your bike might go. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Blue Yeti microphone: Add your voice to live streams, videos, and other recordings with this professional multi-pattern USB-A microphone. Recording patterns include stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional, offering possibilities that usually require multiple microphones. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Boombox: Play music, radio, and other audio from sources like AM/FM, cassettes, CDs, and line input from other devices with this Sony Personal Audio System CFD-S70 portable boombox. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Kill-A-Watt power meter: Plug this Kill-A-Watt power meter into a wall power outlet or surge protector outlet and then plug another device into this meter. Use the meter to monitor and evaluate how much energy the device uses to potentially be able to reduce your power consumption and save money. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Paper shredder: You can use the Library shredder by our printing, scanning, copying, and faxing station in-house, or you can take this one home. This AmazonBasics cross-cut paper shredder can do 8 sheets of paper at a time and one credit card at a time. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Portable CD player: Listen to your CD collection on the go or listen to audiobook CDs from the Library with our two GPX PC301B Portable CD players. Headphones not included. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Raspberry Pi: Like the Library Chromebook and Chromebook Kit, this Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is a computer, but not a laptop. It is a small barebones computer that is great for tinkering and experimenting, including learning programming and installing an operating system yourself. Monitor not included. Keyboard and mouse optional. Click here to check availability or place a hold

XLR microphone: Use this with our H5 Handy Recorder or our XLR microphone cables to have a high-quality audio recording or amplification setup. This AmazonBasics dynamic cardioid microphone includes a wind a pop-filter to be great for musical performances, public speaking, and recording sessions like podcasting. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Nintendo Switch: Check out this full video game console kit to get play Nintendo Switch physical cartridge games like you can check out from the library. Comes with the Switch screen, two Joy-Con controllers, wrist straps, charger, HDMI cable, grip controller, and a dock. You can check out an extra Joy-con controller set for multiplayer fun! Click here to check availability or place a hold

Joy-cons (Nintendo Switch controllers): Add additional controllers to a Nintendo Switch you own for multiplayer games or check this set of two controllers out with the Library Nintendo Switch. Comes with left and right Joy-con controllers, wrist straps, and everything you need to keep these devices powered so your fun doesn’t have to stop. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Sega Genesis Mini: Go down retro video game memory lane without the hassle of tracking down one of these hard-to-find limited edition consoles by checking out the Library Sega Genesis Mini. It has 42 games like Mega Man, Tetris, Sonic the Hedgehog and many more preinstalled. And our kit comes with everything you need including two controllers, power cables, and an HDMI cable. Click here to check availability or place a hold

Dungeons & Dragons Kits: Get started with fantasy table top role-playing gaming with our two kits, a Starter Kit and a themed kit based on the Netflix series Stranger Things. Each kit includes, character sheets, dice, rule books and more. Not included: your imagination and storytelling to make the game fun! Click here to check availability or place a hold on the 5th Edition Starter Kit. Click here to check availability or place a hold on the Stranger Things kit

Kindle Paperwhite ereaders: Check out an ereader with many books in one package. Kindle Paperwhites have batteries that last weeks, so you’ll probably only have to use the included charging accessories once. Different Kindles have themes of books included, so choose what you’ll enjoy most:

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Best Sellers Kindle

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Fiction Kindle

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Nonfiction Kindle

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Teen & Young Adult Kindle

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Middle Grade Kindle

Click here to check availability or place a hold on Elementary Kindle

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.

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.

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.

Technology class archive

Click here to go to our page of archived technology classes you can watch at any time, including an overview of many of these Library of Things items.