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 for technology amongst other concerns), will be purchased for use by the community.

Remember, this round of voting is just for technology—we’ll have upcoming rounds focusing on tools, arts, and more (all with separate budgets, which is nice). Also, a request: please be very specific when submitting your idea. What type of 3D scanner would you like? What features would you need on a camera?

Have fun!

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. A laminating machine

    This could be available for in library use only, but I would love to have the ability to laminate things without having to purchase/store a machine.

    73 votes
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    • VHS to digital disc converter

      Some people have old family videos on VHS (for example) and would like an easy way to convert it to DVD format.

      55 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.

        133 votes
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        • 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.

          120 votes
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          • Video Games

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

            135 votes
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            • GoPro cameras

              For action filming. Most people don't scuba dive , whitewater raft, or sky dive etc, very often, but if they did, it'd be cool to have it captured on camera. You could capture action shots of your kid's first biking, or your first mastery of snowboarding, or a ride along the American River Parkway. Too expensive to buy to use once or twice, a GoPro would be so fantastic to check out from the library!

              46 votes
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              • 3D Scanner

                Great for use in conjunction with the already installed 3D Printers

                65 votes
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                • 3D printer

                  Innovative and poised for rapid growth. Sacramento would benefit from having one available for public use. Would be difficult to lend (take home like a book) but SacLib could have it available for use at a library location.

                  61 votes
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                  • 19 votes
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                    • microscope

                      A microscope to check out would be amazing, whether for in-library use or not, it's a great tool for students.

                      17 votes
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                      • a serger

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

                        59 votes
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                        • 32 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!

                            37 votes
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                            • Projector

                              One that also has a DVD player

                              46 votes
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                              • 46 votes
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                                • 48 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.

                                    40 votes
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                                    • 10 votes
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                                      • synthesizer

                                        Electronic sounds are increasingly finding their way into mainstream media. It might be surprising just how many of those sounds can be produced by a single instrument. For those curious about the creative side of the songs, soundtracks, and scores they hear, access to a synth is a cool hands-on opportunity to explore.

                                        A small synthesizer with a lot of knobs and sliders would be a relatively intuitive way for people to sit down and tinker with electronic sounds using hardware which would normally be prohibitively expensive for anyone not sure they want to own it. It might also come…

                                        28 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.

                                          38 votes
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