Libraries have been loaning books for it seems like forever, and music and DVDs for just about as long.  But, sometimes, you want to do more than read all about it – you want to really experience something. 

The people at the Akron-Summit County Public Library know how you feel.  We’re creating a Library of Things – Things you can check out and use right in your own home. Things like original, framed artwork and small kitchen appliances.  Things you can search for on our catalog, and place a hold on, and check out with your library card.  Things you borrow, and then return so they can be shared with others in our community.

You can borrow an original work of art by a local artist from the Akron Art Library and enjoy it on your own walls for up to four weeks. You can bake a cake in a character-shaped cake pan, and then return the pan to the library to keep your kitchen cabinets clutter-free. You can even borrow a waffle-maker or a blender for some party-time fun!

 Cake PansKitchen ToolsArt LibrarySTEM Kits
Loan Period 2 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks 2 weeks
Fine 10¢/day 10¢/day 50¢/day $10/day
Who can check this out? Adult only Adult only All Teachers and homeschool parents with ID
Holds  yes yes yes reservation
Branch Pickup  yes yes no no
Renewable  yes yes yes no
Return in Book Drop  no no no no
Return at Drive up window  yes no no no
Cleaning Fee $2 $5 $5 no
Limit Card  2 2 1 3
Liability Statement  no yes no no

Follow the links below to see what is in each of our Library of Things.