Welcome To The Collection!
Parkland Community Library is excited to offer our newest collection, the Library of Things. We honor our mission to Connect, Discover, and Grow with our patrons! The Library of Things is a unique collection of non-traditional items, gadgets, and electronics for patrons to borrow. If you’re curious about a specific item, looking to try it before you buy, or have a one-time project, search our Library of Things!
We are looking forward to expanding this collection in the future.
Who Can Borrow A Thing
Due to the unique nature of these materials, only adult PCL and LCLC cardholders may borrow an item from the Library of Things collection. You can learn more about our library cards by visiting the Using Your Card webpage.
- Certain materials are limited to one item checked out per household, such as laptops, hotspots, etc. Please view the library’s catalog for the current list of rules and fees that may apply.
- Most items may be borrowed for one week and renewable up to two times as long as no one has requested them.
- All items from the Library of Things collection must be picked up and returned to Parkland Community Library’s circulation desk during regular business hours. Items are only available for pickup at Parkland Community Library.
Place a hold on a Library of Things item just like any other item in our collection by using our online catalog or calling the Reference Desk at (610) 398-1361 x106. Search the catalog for “Library of Things,” use the links further down on this page, or call us to get started!
Returning A Thing
Repack all the items in their original lending container or box. Return your borrowed Things to PCL’s circulation desk during regular business hours. Items should NOT be placed in a book drop.
Late Or Damaged Items
Lost Library of Things items are assessed at the replacement rate determined by the library. This replacement rate is listed in our online catalog.
Fines and fees vary. All fines and fees can be viewed in our catalog.
Adult sensory kits are now available to circulate. Please visit the Reference desk to pick up a kit for checkout.
Children’s Sensory Kits: do not circulate.
Children’s sensory kits are available for in-house use only. Stop by the Youth Services desk for children in the Barclay Family Children’s Wing for availability.
Coming Soon: Puzzles & Games
As promised, we are working on expanding our Library of Things Collection. We are selecting challenging puzzles and games that will surely be a hit with the whole family.
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Things Available For In-House Use ONLY
Battery back-ups are accessible on the work tables in the library’s Carol & Perry Zirkel wing.
PCL has several items to aid our patrons, such as a large print keyboard, AudioRange wireless headphones, and more. Ask a tech assistant or reference librarian for assistance.
Learn more about these items on our Accessibility webpage.
How To Search For Our Items
To search our Library of Things collection, go to the catalog, type “Library of Things,” and select Parkland Community Library.
This project is made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries. The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Department of Education.