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“Library of Things” Coming to Emma Clark Library

Setauket, NY – January 10, 2019 –

What if you could convert all of your VHS tapes to digital format without paying someone or buying a machine?

What if you could see a close up of the night stars with your family in your cozy backyard without purchasing a telescope?

What if you could scan all of your important documents in the comfort of your home without owning a scanner?

Now you can, thanks to Emma Clark Library’s “Library of Things!”  Starting in February, the Library will carry non-traditional items for patrons to borrow.  It’s perfect for that one time use or a great way to try out a new item before deciding to purchase one for yourself.  It’s also a wonderful space-saver in your home; a way to rethink whether we need goods that we rarely use.  The library, in general, reduces wasted resources, and this collection will expand upon that concept.  Items don’t sit around your house collecting dust or end up in the trash.

It’s not unusual for the Library to carry items beyond books (think music, movies, and museum passes), and Emma Clark continues to develop this notion of the library as a place for the community.  The “Library of Things” increases sharing and gives people access to equipment and gadgets without the burden of ownership.  Think of it as a “tool library.”  Or learning not just through books, but through experience.

Here is a list of useful items that will be available at Emma Clark:

  • Binoculars
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • BluRay Player
  • Cricut Explore (DIY cutting machine)
  • Document/Photo Scanner
  • Google ChromeCast
  • Mini LED Portable Projector
  • Osmo Mobile 2 (for filming “on the go”)
  • Portable DVD Player
  • Telescope
  • VHS Converter
  • Wifi Mobile Hotspots

Library cardholders will be able to reserve items ahead of time right from emmaclark.org. Or they may borrow items while at the Library, as long as there is not a hold already placed on the item.  Full descriptions of each item will be available on the website and on the item itself.

Lending equipment is done through the Circulation Desk in the Library’s lobby. Items must be returned to the Circulation Desk (not through the book drop). Borrowers must have a valid adult Emma Clark Library card in good standing. A maximum of 2 items per library card may be borrowed at a time.  Items may be borrowed for 2 weeks.

Consume less, share more, thanks to the Library.


The Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, located at 120 Main Street in Setauket and on the web at www.emmaclark.org, provides public library service to all residents of the Three Village Central School District.

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