Library of Things

About the Library of Things

In 2018, Beaverton City Library revealed its newest collection, the Library of Things, at both the main library and the Murray Scholls branch. A Library of Things is a collection of items for loan that expands the boundaries of traditionally defined library materials.

A natural evolution of the library’s existing lending model, this collection supplements the library's approach to meeting the needs of our diverse and growing community. It supports the "sharing economy" and the city's sustainability efforts, as patrons sharing items means less waste. The collection also offers an opportunity to "try before you buy," to save money, and to test out something you might not have come across otherwise.

The Library of Things collection is funded through the library’s materials budget - just like books. For now, in the early stages of development, donations of "things" to the Library of Things collection are not being accepted.

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With this new collection, Beaverton City Library aims to offer the physical tools needed to support lifelong learning and creativity, and provide new ways for kids and adults to interact and explore. The collection supports the library’s mission to "foster community and enrich the lives of individuals through learning, engagement and connection." Join us as we celebrate this exciting new resource for our community!

Visit the WCCLS catalog to see all of the items in the Library of Things collection

Visit the WCCLS catalog to see a list of just the J Library of Things for Children.

Note: The information below is just a sample of available items. Please use links above for a current list.

Library of Things Items

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Bird-watching Kit
  • Camping Tent
  • Canon Rebel Digital Camera: EOS Rebel T6
  • Cordless Drill
  • Crochet Needles
  • Dremel 2-speed Rotary Tool
  • Drill & Driver Kit
  • Electric Pressure Washer
  • Electric Programmable Air Fryer
  • Food Dehydrator
  • GoPro Digital Video Camera: Hero 5 Black
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Instant Pot 6-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Karaoke Machine
  • Knitting Needles
  • Makey Makey Kit
  • Metal Detector
  • Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker
  • Microscope
  • NES Classic Console
  • Ozobot Bit Starter Pack
  • Paper Shredder
  • Pasta Machine
  • Portable Keyboard
  • Projector
  • Sanyo DVD Recorder/VCR
  • Sewing Machine: Singer Tradition
  • SNES Classic Console
  • Soprano Ukulele
  • Stud Finder
  • Telescope
  • Therapy Light
  • USB Microphone with Pop Filter
  • Webcam

Library of Things Board Games

  • Cards Against Humanity: A Party Game for Horrible People
  • Codenames: Top Secret Word Game
  • Exploding Kittens: A Card Game for People Who Are into Kittens and Explosions and Laser Beams and Sometimes Goats
  • Flash Point: Fire Rescue
  • Fluxx
  • Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
  • Nature Fluxx
  • Pandemic
  • Pirate Fluxx: The Ever-changing Pirate Card Game
  • Rory's Story Cubes: Actions
  • Rory's Story Cubes: Let Your Imagination Roll Wild!
  • Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages: Let Your Imagination Roll Wild!
  • Secret Hitler
  • Star Fluxx: The Ever-changing Card Game - in Space!
  • Takenoko
  • Ticket to Ride: The Cross-country Train Adventure Game!

Juvenile Library of Things Items

  • Bloxels
  • Cubetto
  • Dash
  • LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box
  • LEGO DUPLO All-in-One-Box-of-Fun
  • Magformers Walking Robot Set
  • Makey Makey Kit
  • Osmo Coding with Awbie
  • Ozobot Bit Starter Pack
  • Snap Circuits Fundamentals
  • Soprano Ukuleke
  • Sphero 2.0

Juvenile Library of Things Board Games

  • Oh Snap!
  • On the Brink: Learn Core Coding Concepts Through Hands-on Game Play!
  • Pet Me: Division is Now as Easy as a Walk in the Park
  • Robot Repair: Learn Core Coding Concepts Through Hands-on Game Play!
  • Rover Control: Learn Core Coding Concepts Through Hands-on Game Play!
  • Zimbbos! Elephantastic Pyramids