The Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional library items that complement the Algoma Public Library’s mission of providing traditional and innovative library resources, programs, and services for the Algoma community. This collection complements the selected library service responses of stimulating imagination, satisfying curiosity, and expressing creativity.
Patrons who borrow a Thing agree to abide by the Library of Things lending guidelines below.
How to Checkout:
Things may be borrowed by InfoSoup Library cardholder’s 18 years of age or older, with a valid library card in good standings.
Patrons must possess a current InfoSoup Library card with current address and no outstanding fines greater than $5.00 to borrow equipment.
The lending period is (7) days and may not be renewed.
A maximum of 2 Things per family may be checked out at one time.
Use care when handling the Thing. The borrower is solely responsible for the Thing and will be billed for reasonable repair or replacement costs associated with damage or loss of Things and/or peripherals due to neglect or abuse. The Library has sole discretion in making these decisions.
Library of Things equipment has a late fine of $1 per day. Fines stop accumulating once they reach the equipment's replacement cost.
Repeated late returns may result in loss of Library of Things borrowing privileges.
If a Thing is lost or not returned, charges will be applied to the cardholder's library account for the value of the item. If a Thing is damaged, the card holder will be charged for the repairs or replacement of the item.
Things are not considered returned until all items associated with it (excluding items that are not returnable due to the nature of the Thing – for example, one-use items such as slide covers for microscope or potential seeds included in gardening kit) have been returned to the library in good condition.
Library of Things equipment must be checked out and returned at the Circulation Desk of the Algoma Public Library. Items returned to the drop box or through delivery will result in a $5 fine to the borrower’s account.
Library of Things
Click on the image of each Thing to learn more information or to place the item on hold. Items can only be picked up locally at the Algoma Public Library.