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Check out items from the Library of Things?


Buchanan District Library now offers a Library of Things!

Books, audiobooks, games, and movies are being joined by a wide variety of nontraditional library items for patrons to check out at the Buchanan District Library.

“This is a natural extension of what libraries already do, and will allow us to better meet the needs of our patrons,” said Meg Paulette, library director. “A Library of Things is a way for our community to share resources and expand the boundaries of what a library usually offers.”

The Library of Things will offer items such as tools, musical instruments, outdoor equipment, and more. 

How to check out items from the LoT

Becoming an approved LoT patron

  • You must be an established patron, who has checked out and returned materials more than once.
  • You must be 18 or older and in good standing with the library, with no outstanding fees over $5 on your account.
  • You must present a photo ID, and the address on your ID must match the address we have on file. If you do not have a photo ID, please let us know and we will do our best to find another way to verify your address.
  • Read and sign the LoT Lending Guidelines and Agreement . 
  • You are now ready to check out LoT items!

Subsequent LoT checkouts

  • You must be an approved LoT  patron without any fees over $5 on your account.
  • Show your photo ID with address information that matches library records.
  • Date and initial your LoT Agreement each time you check out an item. You will be reminded of the replacement cost of the item and that replacement costs are subject to change.
  • You are strongly encouraged to reserve items through your account in the library catalog ahead of time so that they may be ready for you.  If you did not call or reserve your item ahead of time you may be asked to wait until a staff person is available to retrieve the Thing from LoT storage.
  • A staff person will go over the contents of the item with you.
  • Enjoy your LoT item!

Returning a LoT item

  • LoT items must be returned at the circulation desk, directly to a staff member. If items are put in the drop box or left at the desk unattended your account will be temporarily suspended and you will receive a call to remind you of proper LoT return procedure.
  • While you are still at the circulation desk, a staff member will check the item for basic cleanliness and that all parts/pieces are accounted for.  If the item is in a condition that would not be ready for the next patron, you will be asked to keep the item until you bring it back in check-out ready condition. 

Questions? Visit us during library hours or call 269.695.3681.

Let us know what YOU would like in the Library of Things!