Library of Things

Here at the Public Library of Brookline, we believe that community knowledge and support is bigger than anything that can be contained in books and films alone: it’s playing a board game with your friends and family or challenging yourself to try a new piece of technology. It’s being inspired by a work of art in a local museum or having the tools you need to land that job interview.

Our Library of Things is a collection of objects that provide the opportunity to learn and grow by doing, seeing, and making. Check out all our current holdings below.

Please Note: Unless otherwise indicated, Library of Things items must be returned to the desk of the owning library location. Do not place in book drop.

Computers, WiFi, & More


Chromebooks

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

A Chromebook is a simple laptop. The Library’s Chromebooks can be used to access the internet and use Google-based office software, similar to the rest of the Library’s computers. The Library has Chromebooks available for both in-Library use and 2-week borrowing!

Our take-home Chromebook kits come with mice, and some of them are bundled with WiFi Hotspots. If you have a preference as to which you receive, just give us a call at 617-730-2370×3.



Digital Projectors

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Digital Projectors connect to your USB drive, phone, computer, or DVD player and turn any blank surface into a theater! Plus, they have built-in speakers and up to 3 hours of battery life, so you can take the show anywhere – just provide your own HDMI-compatible device.



Graphics Tablets – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our graphics tablets let you replace your mouse with a high-precision stylus and drawing pad to make digital illustration a breeze! Watch a step-by-step Graphics Tablet walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



iPads

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our iPads com equipped with assistive technology apps developed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and/or visual or hearing impairments. They also include apps for literacy development and healthcare, as well as games, education, and library resources for all audiences. View a full list of the apps on our iPads.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Memory Lab

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Our Memory Lab is a dedicated computer at the Brookline Village Library equipped with the tools you need to convert your home audio and video into new formats, including cassette tapes, 8mm and Super 8 film, floppy disks, negatives, photos, slides, VHS tapes, and vinyl records. Just give us a call or chat with us to reserve the station for a three-hour time slot any time during our open hours.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Record Player

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

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.

Ready to borrow? This item is browse-only - visit the Library to see what we have on hand!



Roku Media Streaming Devices

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

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. Just give us a call at 617-730-2370×3 to place a hold.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Voice Recorders

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Recording lectures or interviewing your relatives for a family history project, our voice recorders offer ultra-portable, all-in-one audio recording, playback, and USB connection for transferring your files.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



WiFi Hotspots

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

WiFi Hotspots let you connect to the internet anywhere there’s a cell tower signal! They’re great for car trips or temporary internet needs. Some of our WiFi Hotspots are bundled with Chromebooks. To request a Hotspot with a Chromebook, just give us a call at 617-730-2370×3.



Maker Tools


3D Printers

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Perfect for beginners, our 3D Printers can print projects up to 4.6″ x 4.3″ x 4.5″ and come with 21′ of free PLA filament with each borrow. Watch a step-by-step 3D Printing walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Button Makers

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Got something to say? Say it with a button! Our Button Makers can create 1.5″ buttons out of any printer weight paper. We just charge 25¢ per button to cover the cost of supplies, which must be paid in cash.


Cricut Explores – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | COOLIDGE CORNER & PUTTERHAM

If you gave a robot an Xacto knife, you’d have a Cricut! Our Cricut Explore Machines connect to your smartphone or computer in minutes and can cut paper, vinyl, iron-on, and more into any design you can dream up. Watch a step-by-step Cricut Explore walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Cricut Joys

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Cricut Joys have all the paper, vinyl, and iron-on cutting power as our full-sized Cricuts jam-packed into a tiny 8″ x 4″ x 4″ tote bag, perfect for paper crafting on-the-go! Watch a step-by-step Cricut Joy walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Cricut Maker – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

The same machine as the Cricut Explore, but super-charged! Our Cricut Makers can cut not only paper and vinyl, but also fabric, leather, and wood, plus use a variety of extra tools available to borrow as part of our Cricut Specialty Kit. Watch a step-by-step Cricut Maker walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Crochet Hooks

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Crochet Hook sets come in a pouch of 14 stainless steel hooks so you can experiment with the perfect size for your project – just add your own yarn!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Engravers

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Engravers are super-simple machines that can etch anything from wood to metal! Just plug them into a standard wall outlet, then use them to label your bicycle or carve a design in a cutting board – the possibilities are endless.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Knitting Needles

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our aluminum Knitting Needle sets come in pouches of three pairs of common sizes – US 6, 7, & 8 or US 8, 9, & 10 – so you can experiment with the perfect size for your project!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Fun & Games


Board Games

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

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.



Hiking Packs

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Going camping? Take everything you need in one of the Library’s daypacks or multiday hiking packs on your next outdoor adventure!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Jigsaw Puzzles

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Rain in the forecast? Ranging in in size from 375 to 1000 pieces, our jigsaw puzzle collection is a perfect indoor activity for beginning and expert puzzlers alike!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Launchpads

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Launchpads are preloaded tablets with educational 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!



Nintendo Switch Consoles

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE & COOLIDGE CORNER

Having a party or just want to give the Nintendo Switch at try before purchasing? Our Nintendo Switch consoles come with one dual-controller and two popular party games: 1-2 Switch and Mario Kart, and you can borrow even more games from our video game collection!



Osmo Kits

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

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!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Telescopes

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

The Library’s Telescopes are simple but powerful machines for stargazing. Complete with instructions and a constellation guide, they’re a great way to spend an evening! Our telescopes are made available thanks to the Aldrich Astronomical Society’s Adopt-A-Library Telescope program.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Tents

2-WEEK LOAN | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Going on a trip or just want to practice your survival skills in your backyard? Our four-person tents are perfect for your next outdoor adventure – big or small!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Ukulele

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Want to try a new instrument or teach a friend a few tunes? Take the Library’s ukulele for a spin! Don’t forget to order some ukulele instruction books to go along with the instrument.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Video Games

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Trying to cut down on media clutter in your house, or want to try out a new video game before buying it? 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.

Unlike most of our Library of Things items, video games can be sent between Library locations via delivery! Limit 2 games per library card.



Yard Games

2-WEEK LOAN | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Planning a BBQ or just want to hang out on the Library’s front lawn? Grab one of our large-scale outdoor game sets, including Giant Jenga, and Horseshoes!

Ready to borrow? This item is browse-only - visit the Library to see what we have on hand!



Home & Kitchen


Cake Pans

2-WEEK LOAN | BROOKLINE VILLAGE & COOLIDGE CORNER

Do you have a party coming up that begs for a Darth Vader cake? We offer over 50 novelty pans that may be checked out from the Library (just bring it back clean).

Ready to borrow? This item is browse-only - visit the Library to see what we have on hand!



Induction Cooking Kits

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | COOLIDGE CORNER LIBRARY

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.



Kill-A-Watt Energy Meters

4-WEEK LOAN | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Kill-A-Watt energy meters provide information about the electrical consumption of small to medium electrical devices in your home to help you discover the hidden or ‘phantom’ loads that are surprisingly common even when electrical devices are turned off.

Ready to borrow? This item is browse-only - visit the Library to see what we have on hand!



Sewing Machines – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Whether you’re brand new to sewing or an expert quilter, our Sewing Machines have all the features you need for your next project, including 60 stitches, 3 needle sizes, and 9 presser feet. Watch a step-by-step Sewing Machine walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



All Library of Things


3D Printers

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Perfect for beginners, our 3D Printers can print projects up to 4.6″ x 4.3″ x 4.5″ and come with 21′ of free PLA filament with each borrow. Watch a step-by-step 3D Printing walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Board Games

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

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.



Button Makers

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Got something to say? Say it with a button! Our Button Makers can create 1.5″ buttons out of any printer weight paper. We just charge 25¢ per button to cover the cost of supplies, which must be paid in cash.


Cake Pans

2-WEEK LOAN | BROOKLINE VILLAGE & COOLIDGE CORNER

Do you have a party coming up that begs for a Darth Vader cake? We offer over 50 novelty pans that may be checked out from the Library (just bring it back clean).

Ready to borrow? This item is browse-only - visit the Library to see what we have on hand!



Chromebooks

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

A Chromebook is a simple laptop. The Library’s Chromebooks can be used to access the internet and use Google-based office software, similar to the rest of the Library’s computers. The Library has Chromebooks available for both in-Library use and 2-week borrowing!

Our take-home Chromebook kits come with mice, and some of them are bundled with WiFi Hotspots. If you have a preference as to which you receive, just give us a call at 617-730-2370×3.



Cricut Explores – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | COOLIDGE CORNER & PUTTERHAM

If you gave a robot an Xacto knife, you’d have a Cricut! Our Cricut Explore Machines connect to your smartphone or computer in minutes and can cut paper, vinyl, iron-on, and more into any design you can dream up. Watch a step-by-step Cricut Explore walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Cricut Joys

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Cricut Joys have all the paper, vinyl, and iron-on cutting power as our full-sized Cricuts jam-packed into a tiny 8″ x 4″ x 4″ tote bag, perfect for paper crafting on-the-go! Watch a step-by-step Cricut Joy walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Cricut Maker – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

The same machine as the Cricut Explore, but super-charged! Our Cricut Makers can cut not only paper and vinyl, but also fabric, leather, and wood, plus use a variety of extra tools available to borrow as part of our Cricut Specialty Kit. Watch a step-by-step Cricut Maker walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Crochet Hooks

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Crochet Hook sets come in a pouch of 14 stainless steel hooks so you can experiment with the perfect size for your project – just add your own yarn!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Digital Projectors

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Digital Projectors connect to your USB drive, phone, computer, or DVD player and turn any blank surface into a theater! Plus, they have built-in speakers and up to 3 hours of battery life, so you can take the show anywhere – just provide your own HDMI-compatible device.



Engravers

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Engravers are super-simple machines that can etch anything from wood to metal! Just plug them into a standard wall outlet, then use them to label your bicycle or carve a design in a cutting board – the possibilities are endless.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Graphics Tablets – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our graphics tablets let you replace your mouse with a high-precision stylus and drawing pad to make digital illustration a breeze! Watch a step-by-step Graphics Tablet walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Hiking Packs

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Going camping? Take everything you need in one of the Library’s daypacks or multiday hiking packs on your next outdoor adventure!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Induction Cooking Kits

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | COOLIDGE CORNER LIBRARY

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.



iPads

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our iPads com equipped with assistive technology apps developed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and/or visual or hearing impairments. They also include apps for literacy development and healthcare, as well as games, education, and library resources for all audiences. View a full list of the apps on our iPads.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Jigsaw Puzzles

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Rain in the forecast? Ranging in in size from 375 to 1000 pieces, our jigsaw puzzle collection is a perfect indoor activity for beginning and expert puzzlers alike!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Kill-A-Watt Energy Meters

4-WEEK LOAN | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Kill-A-Watt energy meters provide information about the electrical consumption of small to medium electrical devices in your home to help you discover the hidden or ‘phantom’ loads that are surprisingly common even when electrical devices are turned off.

Ready to borrow? This item is browse-only - visit the Library to see what we have on hand!



Knitting Needles

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our aluminum Knitting Needle sets come in pouches of three pairs of common sizes – US 6, 7, & 8 or US 8, 9, & 10 – so you can experiment with the perfect size for your project!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Launchpads

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Launchpads are preloaded tablets with educational 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!



Memory Lab

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Our Memory Lab is a dedicated computer at the Brookline Village Library equipped with the tools you need to convert your home audio and video into new formats, including cassette tapes, 8mm and Super 8 film, floppy disks, negatives, photos, slides, VHS tapes, and vinyl records. Just give us a call or chat with us to reserve the station for a three-hour time slot any time during our open hours.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Nintendo Switch Consoles

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE & COOLIDGE CORNER

Having a party or just want to give the Nintendo Switch at try before purchasing? Our Nintendo Switch consoles come with one dual-controller and two popular party games: 1-2 Switch and Mario Kart, and you can borrow even more games from our video game collection!



Osmo Kits

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

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!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Record Player

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

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.

Ready to borrow? This item is browse-only - visit the Library to see what we have on hand!



Roku Media Streaming Devices

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

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. Just give us a call at 617-730-2370×3 to place a hold.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Sewing Machines – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Whether you’re brand new to sewing or an expert quilter, our Sewing Machines have all the features you need for your next project, including 60 stitches, 3 needle sizes, and 9 presser feet. Watch a step-by-step Sewing Machine walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Telescopes

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

The Library’s Telescopes are simple but powerful machines for stargazing. Complete with instructions and a constellation guide, they’re a great way to spend an evening! Our telescopes are made available thanks to the Aldrich Astronomical Society’s Adopt-A-Library Telescope program.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Tents

2-WEEK LOAN | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Going on a trip or just want to practice your survival skills in your backyard? Our four-person tents are perfect for your next outdoor adventure – big or small!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Ukulele

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Want to try a new instrument or teach a friend a few tunes? Take the Library’s ukulele for a spin! Don’t forget to order some ukulele instruction books to go along with the instrument.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Video Games

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Trying to cut down on media clutter in your house, or want to try out a new video game before buying it? 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.

Unlike most of our Library of Things items, video games can be sent between Library locations via delivery! Limit 2 games per library card.



Voice Recorders

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Recording lectures or interviewing your relatives for a family history project, our voice recorders offer ultra-portable, all-in-one audio recording, playback, and USB connection for transferring your files.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



WiFi Hotspots

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

WiFi Hotspots let you connect to the internet anywhere there’s a cell tower signal! They’re great for car trips or temporary internet needs. Some of our WiFi Hotspots are bundled with Chromebooks. To request a Hotspot with a Chromebook, just give us a call at 617-730-2370×3.



Yard Games

2-WEEK LOAN | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Planning a BBQ or just want to hang out on the Library’s front lawn? Grab one of our large-scale outdoor game sets, including Giant Jenga, and Horseshoes!

Ready to borrow? This item is browse-only - visit the Library to see what we have on hand!