As topsy-turvy as life has become, with everything we were used to now flipped upside dowm, like watching TV on our phones, or talking to smart speakers, here's something that may surprise you - you can now borrow tools, electronics and even some home appliances from the Kalamazoo Public Library.

The Library of Things is a collection of items beyond books, music, and movies. Have you ever just needed a specific tool for a home improvement project? Ever wanted to try out something before you buy it? Or maybe you just want to try something for fun? Our Library of Things collection may have just what you need! We invite you to explore our collection to see what interests you. -

In talking to Steve Mason at the KPL, he says they've been doing this for a while but not to this degree. For example, in the early days of DVD's, you could actually borrow a DVD player, if you didn't have one. Well, now the library is taking this concept several steps further because this list of what you can now borrow is not only tools, things like a digital SLR camera. Or maybe  you're having the other side of the family over, and need a crock pot for weenies in mustard sauce.

Looking through some of what's available, there are basketballs, an air fryer, a giant jenga game, even a sewing machine.

The Kalamazoo Public Library is now allowing members to borrow tools and home utensils. (Google Street View)
The Kalamazoo Public Library is now allowing members to borrow tools and home utensils. (Google Street View)

For some items, the time you can check items out is for only a day, but other things, it's three weeks. It certainly does redefine what you might think a library is. But if you're wondering, no, they're not accepting donations.

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