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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- 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/HBO Max/Apple TV+/Amazon Prime Video
-Netflix/Acorn TV/Viki TV
-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
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
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
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
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:
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.
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.