Explore our ever-growing Library of Things collection!
Please Note: All of these items must be picked up and returned to the owning library. Unless otherwise indicated, items circulate for two (2) weeks and are not renewable. To place a hold, please click on the highlighted collection to take you to the library's catalog. From there you can select the individual item and log in with your library card to place your hold. Please call the library if you need assistance.
Take advantage of our board game collection when planning your family or friend game night!
Chromebook + Hotspot Kits
Circulating Chromebook/Hotspot Kits can be checked out by patrons who are over 13. They are available at our Central, East, and West libraries. Note: these items circulate for 2 weeks, and can be renewed once.
Nintendo Switch Lites
Circulating Nintendo Switch Lites can be checked out by patrons who are over 13. They are available at our Central, East, and West libraries. Note: these items circulate for 2 weeks, and can be renewed once. Please note that the Switches do not come with games, but Switch games can be checked out separately from the Central Library Teen Room.
DVD players with built-in screens and speakers can be checked out by patrons who are over 13. They are available at our Central, East, and West libraries. Note: these items circulate for 2 weeks, and can be renewed once.
It's always the right time to go birding! Our birding kit contains:
- Two sets of binoculars
- Two books: Sibley's Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley and Eastern Birds by Roger Tory Peterson
- Handouts and a list of web resources for local birdwatching
- Observation notebook for sharing what you spot
Kill-a-Watt Electricity Monitor
This device assesses how efficiently appliances work by displaying the power consumption by the kilowatt-hour.
Bring our Orion StarBlast 4.5" telescope on your next dark sky adventure! Available for Somerville residents only.
Our Children's Rooms offer a variety of toys you can play with at home!
ELL Kits can be found in the ELL collection at Central Library. They are a great way to learn and practice English by doing fun activities. Each kit is a mixture of books, recipes, and realia such as board games, cake pans, and gardening tools.
The following kits are available for check out:
Learn about American cooking while using common kitchen tools, try new recipes, and improve your English vocabulary.
Learn about American baking while using common kitchen tools, try new recipes, and improve your English vocabulary.
Practice your English while playing language-based board games.
Learn about gardening in the city and in small spaces while also improving your English vocabulary.
Practice your English skills while reading aloud to children.
Learn about things to do and explore in Boston and New England including the Make Way For Ducklings Statues in the Boston Public Garden.