Library of Things


A Library of Things is a collection of items available for loan that expands the boundaries of traditionally defined library materials.

A natural evolution of the library's existing lending model, this collection supplements the library's approach to meeting the needs of our diverse and growing community.  It supports the "sharing economy," as patrons sharing items means less waste.  The collection also offers an opportunity to "try before you buy," to save money, and to test out something you might not have come across otherwise.

With this collection, TMCPL aims to offer the physical tools needed to support lifelong learning and creativity, and to provide new ways for patrons to interact and explore.  The collection supports the library's mission to "provide materials and opportunities to enrich, empower, educate, and entertain."

The Library of Things collection is funded through the library's materials budget and donations - just like books.

Item Troy Oakes-Beitman Bookmobile
Bike Locks X    
Cake Pans   X  
Games X X X
Grief Bags   X  
Wifi Hotspots X X  
Kill-a-Watt EZ Power Meters X X  
Museum Passes: Armstrong Air and Space Museum X    
Museum Passes: Dayton Art Institute X X X
Museum Passes: Dayton Society of Natural History (Boonshoft, SunWatch Village, Fort Ancient) X    
Puzzles X X X
Seed Library X    
Sensory Bags, Discovery Bags X X  
Telescope X