Help us create a "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. This second round of voting focuses on tools—from Nov. 14-Dec. 14, submit your tool related ideas and vote for which items you’d like your library to offer. The items that get the most votes, and the Library can feasibly provide (the total budget is $1,953 for tools amongst other concerns), will be purchased for use by the community.
Remember, this round of voting is just for tools—we’ll have upcoming rounds focusing on arts, and more (all with separate budgets, which is nice).

Please be very specific when submitting your idea. What type of garden tools would you like? What size wrench?
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.

FYI—the top five ideas from the Technology category were: sewing machine, video games, design software, laminating machine, and 3D scanner. Stay tuned for information on how to check out these items or use them at the Arcade Library.

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  1. Stud Finder (with metal and electrical sensor)

    An electronic stud finder that any patron can check out to find studs and hang bookshelves or picture frames. Preferably a nice one that can detect metal and electrical conduit for safety of the user.

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    • Power drill

      An expensive tool which you might only need a couple of times a year - but then you really need it! It would be great to have a large set of different drill bits and attachments with it.

      7 votes
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      • Rototilling tools

        Portable sized irrigating tools to help our drought challenged lawns absorb what water we receive

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        • Automotive tools!

          I've always thought that there should be a charity focused on fixing peoples cars for free. There's such a direct link between a persons ability to be productive and their ability to maintain their automobile. The library of things could have a direct impact on the community by giving people access to many of the specialty tools that a basic mechanics toolkit lacks. At the most basic, high quality OBD diagnostic readers/coders come to mind. More in depth would be along the lines of specific tools needed for common jobs on common cars. There's a special tool needed to align…

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          • A Caliper

            A caliper could be used in the library or checked out, would be useful for exact measurements for various purposes

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            • A set of clamps

              A set of clamps for woodworking and home improvements.

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              • Steam Cleaner

                Restore your beautiful floor coverings with a steam cleaner.

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                • 4 votes
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                  • Tiny House specs/plans

                    Seeing the actual plans will help people considering a Tiny House make a decision on whether or not they would really want one.

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                    • Bicycles

                      Checking out bicycles for the day is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint and could help those in need with transportation.

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                      • vacuum

                        For car detailing and cleaning small apartments

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