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Library of Things

Library of Things

Located in our lobby, our Library of Things is a collection of useful items you can check out and take home, including a 16' inflatable outdoor movie screen, a toolkit, or a hotspot to have WiFi access wherever you need it. Read about everything in our Library of Things.

If you see an item you’d like to borrow, please take the blue card to the Welcome desk. If you see an orange card, the item has already been checked out. To place a hold on an item with your Northbrook Library card, you can scan the QR code on the orange card or ask staff to place a hold for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are items checked out?
Each item is checked out for 3 weeks and will automatically renew unless there are holds on it.

Do I need a Northbrook Library card to check out an item?
You can check these items out with any valid library card, but you need a Northbrook Library card to place an item on hold.

Can I put a hold on these items?
You can place a hold on an item with your Northbrook Library Card. Find the item in our catalog, or scan the QR code found on the item's card to place it on hold.

How do I return an item from the Library of Things?
Please return the item to the Welcome desk in the lobby, unless noted otherwise.

Current Items in the Library of Things

Select any item below to find it in our catalog. 

Assistive Items


Entertainment & Education


Low Vision Game Kit
Large piece jigsaw puzzle: Lotus and Carp
Large piece jigsaw puzzle: Singing Around the Birdhouse
Pickleball Kit
Pickleball Paddle Kit

Home Improvement

Hand Tool Kit

Maker Tools

Cricut Explore Air 2
Wacom Pen Tablet
Sewing Machine

Musical Instruments


Dog Agility Kit
Metal detector
Nature Backpack with binoculars & magnifying glass
Outdoor Movie Theater Kit
Outdoor Table in a Bag
Pickleball Kit
Pickleball Paddle Kit
Soil Meter


Dog Agility Kit
Laser Cat Toy