Library of Things
Non-traditional Items to Borrow
Some of the many non-traditional items available for patrons to borrow are listed below. A complete list is available in the Sharon Public Library's catalog under "Library of Things - Sharon". For items specifically geared toward children or young adults, please visit the Youth Services Children's Library of Things page.
Only patrons with a Sharon Public Library card may place holds on our Library of Things collection. However, any patron with an OCLN card may check out a Library of Things item, as long as the item is picked up from and returned to SPL's Circulation Desk. Loan periods and overdue fees vary by item.
Electronics and Technology
- HP Chromebook (laptop)
- Requires a free Google Account to use Google Workspace (ie. Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) or a paid Microsoft 365 subscription to use Microsoft Office.
- Includes the HP Chromebook, Charger, Mouse, Mouse Pad, Headphones, Laptop Bag + Shoulder Strap, Instruction Sheet.
- Kindle eReader
- Pre-loaded with new and most-requested fiction and non-fiction titles.
- Adult eReaders:
- View the complete booklist of downloaded and available-to-read ebook titles here (continuously updated).
- Sharon Public Library Book Discusson Group eReaders:
- 28-day loan period.
- Limited to SPL Book Discussion Group titles - downloaded and available.
- Specifically for patrons who participate in the library's monthly book discussion group.
- Young Adult eReaders
- Adult eReaders:
- Watch free premium movies, television shows, and Roku Originals via The Roku Channel and other free streaming applications, pre-downloaded on our Roku devices; also watch 300+ Channels of Live TV, including News and Sports.
- All you need is a television with a HDMI port and a stable WiFi connection to watch hours of streamable content.
- Devices do not include (or allow access to) paid nor subscription-based streaming applications (ie. Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, etc.).
- Mobile Hotspot
- Our hotspots are set-up with T-Mobile's WiFi service, offering patrons a free stable internet connection (up to a few devices at once) during their travels. Please note that the hotspot devices work in the United States - by plane, train, automobile, etc. - with limited, varying connections internationally.
- Some web content may be filtered by default.
- Patrons must be 18 years or older and must sign a Borrower Agreement prior to requesting a device for first-time checkout.
- Universal FM Transmitter
- Kill A Watt Kit
- Bicycle Repair Kit
- Smartphone Photography Tools Kit
- DVD Player
- Plays DVD discs.
- Does not play Blu-ray or 4k Ultra discs.
- Blu-ray Disc Player
- Plays Blu-ray and/or DVD discs.
- Does not play 4k Ultra discs.
- Car CD Player
- Plays audiobooks/CDs in vehicles with a USB or Cigarette lighter connection.
Arts and Crafts
- Sewing Machine and Sewing Kit
- Funded by a grant, Sewing Threads of Diversity, from the Library Services and Technology Act and administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
- Quilting Arm
- Rigid Heddle Weaving Loom
- Crochet Kit and Knitting Kit
- Includes all the equipment, including yarn generously donated by patrons.
- Calligraphy Kit
Science and Learning
- Library Telescope
- Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astro Reflector Telescope with a zoom telescope eyepiece.
- Generously donated by the Aldrich Astronomical Society as part of their Library Telescope program.
- American Sign Language Kit
- Braille Kit
- Musical Instruments (each includes a tuner, case, and beginner instruction book)
- Games and puzzles for all ages
Health and Well-Being
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Memory Assistant Kit
- Includes Alzheimer's workbook, music CDs, picture and word cards, doll, puzzle, Nasco Pounding Board set.
- Alzheimer's Gel Lap Pad Kit
- Wellness Kits from All of Sharon: Community Conversations on Mental Health grant program (2019):