Abbot Public Library is pleased to offer items and objects that go beyond the traditional media you might expect to see in a library. You can borrow and return these items like you would with a book, DVD, or other library material. A Library of Things is a great way to provide the community with resources that might be prohibitively expensive for any one person to buy. It also allows individuals the chance to use items they might only need on occasion, without having to pay for permanent ownership.
What Items are Included in our Library of Things?
Right now, we have three types of items in our Library of Things:
- Book Club Kits – there are currently three Book Club Kits available to check out. Each kit contains everything you need to participate in a book club, including ten copies of the book and a leader’s guide. The kit checks out to one person in the group who is responsible to return the kit with all materials on or before the due date.
- Dell Chromebooks – A Chromebook is a compact laptop perfect for browsing the internet, conducting research, streaming videos, and more.
- Hotspots – A Hotspot is a device that provides internet access to WiFi-equipped devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and PCs. Hotspots are great for working remotely, taking on vacation so you don’t have to pay for hotel WiFi, or for using at home or on the go.
How Do You Reserve and Borrow A Thing?
To reserve an item in our Library of Things, visit the Library of Things page and click on the item you would like to borrow. Each item has a description of what it is and its loan rules and, for the two technology items, you can download the manual to learn how to use it.
If you have reserved a Book Club Kit, please stop by the Reference Desk to pick it up. For the Chromebooks and Hotspots, please stop by the Main Desk. You will be asked to fill out a borrower’s agreement for these.
Coming Soon To Our Library of Things
Four new items will soon be added to our Library of Things: a sewing machine, a projector, a tool kit, and a graphing calculator. Stay tuned for more details.