Help us create the "Library of Things"

Sacramento Public Library is launching a “Library of Things” – a collection of items that can be checked out or used in the library: from tools to badminton rackets to 3D scanners.

The “Library of Things” will be housed at the Arcade Library. The first round of voting will focus on technology—from Sept. 14- Nov. 14, submit your technology related ideas and vote for which items you’d like us to provide. The items that get the most votes, and the Library can feasibly provide (the total budget is $4,500 amongst other concerns), will be purchased for use by the community.

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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  1. Design Software

    It would also be great to be able to check out an adobe ID that is subscribed to all the adobe services so I could use photoshop or dreamweaver for the 4 hours of the month that I want access to them. This would be fine even if I have to access a VPN to get onto a machine that has this software locally.

    31 votes
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    • Video Games

      Let me borrow video games for my gaming systems just like any other media

      25 votes
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      • Sewing machine

        Only gets used a few times a year, (halloween, comic con) but when you need it, you need it.

        17 votes
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        • 14 votes
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          • Mini digitial HD camcorders.

            Many of these are inexpensive, easy to use, and surprisingly capable.

            9 votes
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            • Children's educational toys (such as leapfrog) that lose their novelty if purchased.

              We typically do not buy our children technology toys (such as light up phonics or geography games) because, although they're fun and useful for a bit, they quickly become unloved clutter. If we could trade with others every few weeks, the toys would add novelty to the house and then go back once they become mundane.

              7 votes
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              • Wacom Tablet

                For creating digital artwork. Use it with Photoshop or Illustrator and have a natural pen feel. Pressure sensitive. Way better than drawing with mouse.

                11 votes
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                • a serger

                  A specialized sewing machine that puts a professional edge onto fabric as you sew.

                  8 votes
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                  • Projector

                    One that also has a DVD player

                    8 votes
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                    • iPads or other tablets

                      It would be really great to be able to check out a small tablet that could be used for anything from business to projects and is easily transported.

                      7 votes
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                      • media players

                        I want to see ipads loaded with feature films that you can checkout. I also want to be able to borrow portable DVD players / screens for long car rides with the family.

                        6 votes
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                        • LEGO Mindstorms robotics demos and workshop

                          Utilizing LEGO Mindstorms sets, introduce the public and students to practical robotics and coding.

                          3 votes
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                          • step and sleep tracker

                            For health and fitness, this would be nice to try a few brands before committing to the purchase. Many of the nicer ones are quite pricey and have lots of options and extras.

                            6 votes
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                            • Laptops

                              The free computers are often occupied; this would give people another way to work and play at the library, with perhaps a 2-hour limit.

                              3 votes
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                              • phone chargers

                                Sometimes you're out and about, don't have your charger, but have a dead phone that is useless to you. You don't want to buy a new charger just for the sake of turning your phone back on. Borrow for 15 mins, charge, turn on phone, voila!

                                2 votes
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                                • 1 vote
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                                  • 1 vote
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                                    • Gocco Printer

                                      "Gocco is a Japanese color screenprinting system developed in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. Resembling a toy, the compact and completely self-contained printer is clean, quick and easy to use."

                                      They are so cool, check out: http://www.savegocco.com/

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