Library of Things

A Library of Things is a collection of items for loan that expands the boundaries of traditionally defined library materials. These items are located in the Library of Things space at the Downtown Library (next to the DVD collection), or in the Downtown Library Children’s Room. All items can be placed on hold to pick up at the Downtown Library, Ellettsville Branch, or Bookmobile. Take borrowing to the next level with this collection of items you might not expect to find at a library! 

compassAdventure Backpacks

Adventure Backpacks contain several useful items for your outdoor adventure including identification guides (flowers, trees, birds), outdoor tools (binoculars, compass, multi-tool, flashlight) and a voucher allowing for free admission to any Indiana State Park. Learn more.

 

stack of books and coffee cupBook Club Kits

Book club kits for both adults and children are available for a 6-week checkout period. Kits contain 10 copies of a title, discussion questions, and enrichment materials. Learn more.

 

calculatorCalculators

Casio fx-260 solar powered scientific calculators are available for check out. Calculators have 10+2 Digit LCD display and handle fraction calculations, logarithms/exponents and trig functions. View calculator availability in the catalog.

 

energy monitorEnergy Monitors

TrickleStar Plug-In Energy Monitors help you understand how much power your home appliances use. Plug in your appliances to identify power hogs and faulty appliances. View energy monitor availability in the catalog.

 

external hard driveExternal Hard Drives

1 TB external hard drives are available for checkout at the Downtown Library. External hard drives are great for storing and moving your files, photos, and videos. External hard drives are erased upon return to the Library. View external hard drive availability in the catalog.

 

flash driveFlash Drives

16 GB USB flash drives are available for checkout at the Downtown Library. Flash drives are great for storing and moving your files, photos, and videos. Flash drives are erased upon return to the Library. View flash drive availability in the catalog.

 

iPadiPads

Our cellular-enabled iPads are pre-loaded with apps and programs for everyday use. No access to WiFi is needed! Learn more.

 

launchpadLaunchpad Tablets

Pre-loaded with content for kids, designed with an easy-to-use interface, and 100% secure, Playaway Launchpad tablets are made to be passed from one set of hands to the next. Find a Launchpad with the experience you want, then start exploring!

 

mobile hotspotMobile Hotspots

Looking for free, unrestricted internet access at home or on the go? Check out a mobile hotspot to easily connect up to five personal devices at once. Mobile hotspots can be used anywhere that receives a T-Mobile cellular signal. Learn more.

 

mobile video production kitMobile Video Production Kits

Mobile Video Production Kits give you access to recording equipment to use with your smartphone anytime and anywhere. Kits include an adjustable tripod for stability, a lapel microphone for quality audio, and an adjustable light. Learn more.

 

diceRole-Playing Game Kits

Want to try a new role-playing game but not ready to commit to purchasing the gear? Check out one of our Role-Playing Game Kits! Each kit includes everything you need to play. Learn more.

 

seedlingSeed Library

The Seed Library is a collection of non-invasive, non-GMO food and flower seeds that you can take to plant at home. The collection includes organic, heirloom, and pollinator-friendly seeds. Learn more.

 

storytime kitStorytime Kits

Our storytime kits provide themed books, props, and suggested activities to support early literacy skills in a home or preschool setting. Learn more.

 

take and makeTake and Make Kits

Take and Make Kits come with instructions and all the essential components you'll need to complete a fun crafting project! Most kits are available on a grab-and-go basis for a variety of ages. You can also register for Take and Make programs! Learn more.

 

toyToys

From puzzles and toy blocks, to rattles and musical toys, the Library's toys for checkout are geared for children ages birth–4. View toys in the catalog.

 

ukuleleUkulele Kits

Ukulele kits include a tuner, an information sheet, and a chord chart so you can start learning. Ukulele kits are made possible through a generous contribution by the Bloomington Ukulele Club. Check out these staff picks books and videos to help you learn how to play. View ukulele kits in the catalog.