Library of Things

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. Library of Things is here to help with the Get it Done! collection. This collection includes gardening tools, craft supplies, cookware, and home improvement tools. Folks of all ages can discover tools and materials to help them create, learn, connect, and explore!

All Things must be picked up and returned to the owning library. Check the catalog to see where a Thing is located. To place a hold, you must call or visit the Circulation Desk at the branch you will be borrowing from.

Arts & Crafts

Crochet Hook Set Kit

Embroidery Hoop Set

Sewing Machine


Bread Maker

Ice Cream Maker


Soil Tester

Gardening Tool Set





Tent, Lantern, Headlamp, Batteries, Camp chairs


Karaoke machine, Disco ball

Nature Exploration

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

Outdoor Movies

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

Yard Games

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

Tools and Electronics

Drill and Tool Set

Socket Set

Allen Wrench Set

Infrared Thermometer

Thermal Camera

Air Quality Sensor

Car Diagnostic

North Library’s Tools


Stay Sharp Kits

Children’s Sensory Kits

Books in a Bag Book Club Kits

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 different Things at a time.

How long can a Thing be checked out?
Things can be checked out for 7 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.

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