Library of Things!

With apologies to Ariel,

“We’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
We’ve got whozits and whatzits galore
You want a Library of Things?
We’ve got twenty-five!”

We are delighted to sing from the rooftops that our Library of Things collection has launched! We have 25 Things available for circulation, from kitchen tools and cake pans to home efficiency gadgets to board games. There is something for everyone, and more items are coming soon. A big thank you to the Friends of Robbins Library and Sustainable Arlington for funding this collection!

Plan a game night with friends or family with one of our new board games. Or make your own pasta with our pasta maker.




Find heat loss around doors, floors, walls, pipes, or windows with our thermal camera. Is your neighbor raving about their Instant Pot? Try one out to see if it’s right for you!






A full list of the items is available here, and soon items will be searchable in the catalog.

Find the Library of Things behind the Robbins Library Reference Desk. Items circulate for one week and are available on a first-come first-serve basis.  Items must be returned to the Robbins Library circulation desk. (And they must be returned clean!) We are not accepting donations of Things for the Collection.

If you have a suggestion for a Thing, please contact Maura at mdeedy [at] minlib {dot} net or leave a comment.

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2 Responses to Library of Things!

  1. thatjen says:

    This is outstanding. Way to go Robbins! Have you thought about adding tools? Off the top of my head, I’ve wished for somewhere I could borrow a circular saw, a router, a dremel, and a power sander. I do know about the Somerville Tool library but find the fees a barrier.

    Ooh! What about an espresso machine?

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