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The Library of Things: Why Buy When You Can Borrow?

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Of course your library has books, DVDs, magazines, and other reading materials, but did you know that it also has a collection of useful items that you can borrow? Well, now you do! Maybe you only need them for a short-term project or maybe you'd like to try something out before purchasing one yourself.  Whatever your reasons, we have some great things in this collection. Available items are described in detail further down this page. Also, watch this space, because we'll be adding more items as we expand this collection!

Rules for the Library of Things:

  • You must have an Adult Resident Longmont Public Library card to borrow these items.
  • Items check out for 7 days.
  • Items cannot be renewed or have their time extended.
  • Items can be returned at any point during their 7-day checkout period.
  • Items need to be checked out from and returned to the 2nd floor information desk.
  • Items will accrue a penalty fee of $20.00 if returned anywhere else besides the 2nd floor information desk.
  • Items can be reserved up to 45 days in advanced.
  • Items will accrue a $20.00 dollar late fee for each day it remains overdue up to 7 days in which case it will be considered lost, and the patron will be charged the replacement fee. On the 14th day after the item's due date a police report may be filed.
  • An individual may only have one of a specific item checked out at a time.
  • An Individual may only have one of a specific item reserved at a time.
  • The person who reserved the item MUST be the one picking the item up.
  • The person picking up their item MUST have their ID to pick up item.
  • By checking out a Library of Things item, borrowers agree to follow all Library policies and all state and federal laws governing the use of that item. Borrowers also agree that the Longmont Public Library is not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage that may occur as a result of use of Library of Thing items.
  • If circumstances warrant, the Library reserves the right to refuse the use of items in the Library of Things or to discontinue borrowing privileges for items in the Library of Things collection to any individual.

To reserve one or more of these items, just click the button below:

Click or tap here to reserve an item from the Library of Things collection. 

The Library of Things Collection:

You can borrow a wifi hotspot from the library.

WiFi Hotspots (4)

  • Hotspot
  • Power Cord
  • Case

 

You can borrow a GoPro camera from the library.

GoPro Camera (1)

  • GoPro Hero 7 Camera
  • GoPro-to-USB Cord
  • Hand/Wrist Strap
  • Suction Cup
  • Tripod
  • Floating Handle
  • Selfie Stick
  • Head Strap
  • Transcend Card Reader RDF5 USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • SanDisk 32 GB micro SDcard & Adapter
  • Charge Maxx Trio Pack:
    • Battery
    • Car Charger Adapter
    • A/C Adapter
    • USB-to-Phone Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Carrying Case

Ukulele Kits (5)

  • Makala Ukulele
  • Tuner & Tuner Instructions
  • Instruction Pamphlet
  • Carrying Bag

 

You can borrow a DVD and BluRay player from the library.

DVD/Blu-Ray Disc Player (1)

  • Samsung DVD/Blu-Ray Disc Player, BD-J5900
  • Remote Control & 2 AAA Batteries
  • HDMI Cord
  • User Manual

 

You can borrow a projector from the library.

Projector (1)

  • Epson VS250 Multimedia Projector
  • Manual and Software CD
  • VGA-VGA Cord
  • AmazonBasics High Speed HDMI Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Remote Control & 2 AA Batteries
  • Wireless LAN Module Cover
  • Carrying Case

You can borrow a telescope kit from the library.

Telescope Kits (4)

  • Telescope kits contain:
    • Orion Star Blast 4.5” reflecting altazimuth telescope
    • Orion EZ Finder 2
    • Celestron 8-24 mm Zoom eyepiece
    • PrincetonTec “Fred” LED Headlamp
    • Night Watch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe, by Terence Dickenson
    • Library Telescope Instruction Manual 
  • Patrons must 18-years-old to check out the telescopes and must sign a waiver acknowledging the danger of looking at the sun through a telescope. 
  • Each kit is contained in a large plastic storage tub and weighs approximately 20 pounds.
  • Telescope kits were provided through generous donations by the Longmont Astronomical Society, whose members also maintain and repair the kits on behalf of the Library.
  • Read the news article in the Longmont Times-Call.
  • To whet your appetite for interstellar exploration, watch this great video that demonstrates the scale of our galaxy.  Mind. Blown.


Visit our Free Seed Library during the growing season!

The Longmont Free Seed Library

  • Get free seeds and grow some cool stuff!
  • Our Free Seed Library is a collection of commercial seed packets donated by local seed suppliers and available for free to library patrons.
  • Look for the vintage card catalog in the Library's main lobby area during the local growing season. We have dozens of fruit, vegetable, and herb seeds to choose from.
  • Watch for booklists for kids and adults focusing on growing and gardening, too.
  • Please limit your selection to 6 seed packets per household. Our goal is to provide seeds to as many local gardeners as possible.  
  • This is not a seed exchange. Unfortunately, we can only accept unopened, commercial seed packets as donations to this collection. 
  • The donated seeds are from the previous growing season, cannot be guaranteed to be 100% viable, and so cannot be sold this year. Each year, millions of seeds are discarded. The Free Seed Library aims to reduce that waste and increase the fun for local gardeners. This year's seeds were generously supplied by local seed companies and the Living Seed Library. 
  • Gardening doesn't have to be expensive. Now is your chance to (re)discover the joys of digging in the dirt and growing your own food!
  • We would love to see your growing progress!  You can send us photos by email or through our social media accounts on Facebook Messenger and Twitter.

These programs is generously funded by the Friends of the Longmont Library.

The Friends of the Longmont Library generously support library programs and services.


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