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Sacramento's “library of things” lets you borrow nearly anything

"A new service from the Sacramento Public Library will let you borrow more than books – much more. The California-based library is now offering a variety of other items to lend out, such as musical instruments, sewing machines, electronics and games.

Located inside Sacramento Public Library’s Arcade location, the library also offers 3D printers and scanners for public use, and they even have a bike-repair station.

According to their website, to borrow an item you must be at least 18 years old, unless borrowing a video game. Customers can browse the online catalog and place holds on items that they want to take out. Once the item becomes available, the borrower first in line can pick the item up.…"
http://www.theplaidzebra.com/a-new-library-of-things-lets-you-test-your-hidden-genius-by-borrowing-nearly-anything/
From Anonymous

3 comments:

Selwyn Gossett said...

This is brilliant, wonderful and egalitarian. Look! It's government actually serving ALL the people! Look! It's a smart sharing economy! There is a better way to do things that benefit all of us.

Anonymous said...

great idea. Wonder if they loan out huge roasters for folks to borrow, to roast the holiday turkey in? There are so many thing I can think of, used only once or twice, which would be great to be able to borrow.

Anonymous said...

Sharp Dressed, Well Read: This Philly Library Lets Job Hunters Borrow Ties

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/05/12/this-philly-library-lets-job-seekers-borrow-ties

The ‘tiebrary’ provides residents with a cravat for the all-important interview.

If that job seeker is in Philadelphia, all he needs to do is take a trip to the “tiebrary,” a tie-lending initiative started in March at the Paschalville Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The 48 ties in the tiebrary’s collection include conservative colors and patterns as well as more brightly hued, trendy cravats and can be checked out for up to three weeks by anyone with a library card.

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