Catalog of Things

Learn more about all the items in our growing Library of Things below!

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4 week loan, no renewals

Whether you’re looking for a family fun night or weekend of gaming with your friends, the Brookline Village Library has a collection of board and card games sure to please. We feature popular games for adults like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride, as well as family classics like Sorry and Chutes & Ladders.

2 week loan, no renewals

Planning a camping trip? The Brookline Village Library now has day packs, multiday packs, and a 4-person tent! Take a look or place a hold!

2 week loan, no renewals

Do you have a party coming up that begs for a Darth Vader cake? Come to the Brookline Village Library and browse our extensive cake pan collection. We offer over 50 pans that may be checked out from the library (just bring it back clean).

2 week loan, eligible for renewal

Need a computer? A Chromebook is a simple laptop computer that lets you browse the internet, participate in web conferences / video meetings, do word processing, etc. as long as you have a WiFi connection.

We have 30 Chromebooks available to check out for two-week loans.

Looking to explore one of Massachusetts 150 beautiful state parks?  Come to Brookline Village to pick up a Massachusetts DCR Park Pass that allows you free parking at DCR facilities.  You can read about the Massachusetts State Parks here and start planning your next adventure. These passes can be checked out for two weeks, reserved through our catalog, and picked up at the Reference desk.

2 week loan, eligible for renewal

Try out an environmentally-friendly way to cook with our induction cooking kits, available at the Coolidge Corner Library! Each cooking kit includes an induction plate, a frying pan, a pot with a lid, and a set of instructions.

Our induction cooking kits are thanks to the generosity of Mothers Out Front of Brookline.

2 week loan, eligible for renewal

At all three libraries, we are now circulating iPads for patron use. Find out more.

2 week loan, eligible for renewal

The Kill A Watt energy meter provides information about the electrical consumption of small to medium electrical devices in your home. It will also help you discover the hidden or ‘phantom’ loads that are surprisingly common even when electrical devices are turned off.

2 week loan, eligible for renewal

Launchpads are preloaded tablets with content for kids, full of games and videos covering topics from literacy to dinosaurs to cooking, and more. There is no download time and no WiFi connection needed!

4 week loan, eligible for renewal

Make children’s learning on the iPad fun and engaging with one of our Osmo Kits. All you need to get started is an iPad (not provided in kit). Whether your child is an artist, gamer, scientist, or genius, there’s an Osmo Kit for everyone!

2 week loan, eligible for renewal

Everything old is new again with our record player collection. We have a Record Player available for in-Library use! We also have headphones and records available for check out. Our reference staff will be happy to teach you how to use the players so you can discover the joy of vinyl.

2 week loan, eligible for renewal

Get instant access to hundreds of the library’s movies and television shows. We have Roku Media Streaming Devices available to borrow! All you need to use one is a television (with HDMI support) and an internet connection. Need help understanding how you can use Roku in your home? Our reference staff would be happy to lend a hand.

4 week loan, eligible for renewal

We have telescopes available for four week loan periods at all three locations. Request one today. Telescopes must be picked up and returned to the owning location.
“The goal of our adopt-a-library telescope program is to foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people—who have never looked through a telescope—with the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.” -Aldrich Astronomical Society

2 week loan, 2 item limit, eligible for renewal

Trying to cut down on media clutter in your house, or want to try out a new video game before buying it? Head over to the Brookline Village or Coolidge Corner Libraries and browse our video game collections. We have games for children, teens, and adults, and we feature games on a variety of consoles: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo Switch.

2 week loan, eligible for renewal

Tired of the slow WiFi at your favorite cafe? Going on vacation to a place that doesn’t have internet? Want to enjoy the warm weather in the park while you do some work on your laptop? Take home one of our circulating WiFi hotspots!

We have a total of 30 Sprint Pocket WiFi units that may be checked out for two weeks and are requestable for pickup at the owning library.

Each unit has an unlimited data plan and should work wherever Sprint has network coverage. The unit comes with directions, but it’s basically as simple as turning it on, selecting the signal on your phone, tablet or laptop and typing in a password.