Library of Things

The Joy Collection

Memphis Public Libraries lends non-traditional items, too! You can try before you buy, discover a new hobby, or borrow a device you’ll only need to use once. The Joy Collection is a pilot launch of MPL’s Library of Things. Five kits have been curated to offer a unique collection of items for patrons to check out and fill their summer this year with joy. Patrons of all ages can discover tools and materials to help them create, learn, connect, and explore!

All kits must be picked up and returned to the owning library. To place a hold, you must call or visit the Circulation Desk at the branch you will be borrowing from.

Libraries with The Joy Collection:

Benjamin L. Hooks – 901-415-2702

Bartlett – 901-386-8968


Tent, Lantern, Headlamp, Batteries, Camp chairs


Karaoke machine, Disco ball

Yard Games

Cornhole, Bocce Ball, Toss and Catch, 5-in-1 Yard Games

Outdoor Movies

Projector with speaker, DVD player, Projector stand, Pop-up screen, Extension cord

Nature Exploration

Backpack, Compass, Binoculars, Trowel, Butterfly net, Mesh terrarium, Magnifying glass, Specimen jars, Field Guide: Birds, Field Guide: Wildflower

Who can check out a Thing?
Patrons must be aged 18 and over and have a library card in good standing.

How can a Thing be checked out?
Things can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Patrons will be required to complete a waiver form every time they borrow new items.

Can I place a hold on a Thing?
Yes, you can place a hold by calling or going to the Circulation Desk at the library you will be checking out and picking the Thing up from.  

How many Things can be checked out at a time?
Patrons may check out up to two Things at a time.

How long can a Thing be checked out?
Things can be checked out for 21 days. You can renew up to two times, provided there are no holds.

How should a Thing be returned?
Things must be returned to the Circulation Desk of the library you borrowed from. You may not return Things in book drops.

Interested in Other Things?


Post hole digger, tape measure, hoe, pipe wrench, and more.

Stay Sharp Kits

Kits on various topics such as gardening, travelling, cats/dogs, and more. Each kit includes activities aimed at improving memory and cognition.

Suggest a Thing

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