Friday, April 28, 2017

The Ultimate List of Nontraditional Items You Can Check Out From Libraries

Over the years, libraries have collected unusual items that they have allowed patrons to check out. In some places, they are designated in special categories like the Library of Things. In other places, these items may only be mentioned in the catalog. We here at the 5 Minute Librarian were really curious what everyone was circulating and did an extensive search to see what was out there. Every item is linked back to one library, though many (like cake pans) are located in many libraries.

For the curious and for those considering adding something to your own collection, we present to you the ultimate list of nontraditional items! And if we missed anything, please let us know in the comments and include the library URL, too.


  1. Cake Pans
  2. Cookie Cutters
  3. Cake Decorating Accessories
  4. Dehydrator




  1. Fishing Poles and tackle boxes
  2. Life Jackets
  3. Knitting Needles
  4. Yarn Winder
  5. Sewing Machines
  6. Tent and camp stove
  7. DJ and music production equipment
  8. Snowshoes

Home/Lawn Care

  1. Kill-A-Watt electricity usage
  2. Weed Wackers (and Heavy Duty Extension Cords to use them!)
  3. Water Saver Usage Meter
  4. Sunlight Calculator
  5. Drain Snakes
  6. Demolition Hammers
  7. Saws
  8. Tools and more Tools




  1. DVD/VCR Player and Recorder
  2. Wi-Fi Hotspots
  3. Fitbit
  4. Label Maker
  5. iRobot Roomba
  6. Garmin GPS
  7. Smartphone Video Stabilizer
  8. Clip-On Universal Smartphone Lenses
  9. Binaural Field Recording Kit
  10. Portable Scanner
  11. Curve 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna
  12. Solar Pack
  13. LED Projector
  14. Portable Desktop Screen


  1. Prom Dresses
  2. Blood pressure cuffs
  3. Bike locks

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