Kansas City Public Library parking garage facade by Kashif Pathan (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Library of Things” program in Sacramento, California has started to loan out all kinds of stuff that people may want to use, once in a while, but not own. An initiative of the Sacramento Public Library, the program aims to broaden the scope of libraries in useful ways. Their collection includes a laminating machine, music instruments, digital cameras, sewing machines and other appliances and technologies. Some items are loaned out while others can be used on site, like a book-printing machine and a 3D-printing lab.
“It’s rare that a government agency with a very clear mandate – books – gets the chance to experiment with something like this,” – Lori Easterwood of the Sacramento Public Library