All 3 Library locations will be closed from Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.

Library of Things

The Peabody Library is delighted to provide a lending library of non-book items that we think you will find useful and fun! The collection contains items you might not otherwise want to spend money on, such as technology gadgets, tools, entertainment like board games, and outdoor equipment.

Scroll through the list below to see the entire collection, and click “borrow” to reserve an item.

Each item may be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time, and can be renewed if nobody else has reserved it. (Hotspots may not be renewed)

Items can be reserved up to 3 months ahead of time, but are limited to one reservation per month per patron.

Items must be picked up and returned to the Main Library. See below for more details about picking up and returning items.


In addition to our technology gadgets, the Peabody Library also has T-Mobile Hotspots for patrons to borrow for a 2 week period. Hotspots are great for working remotely, taking on vacation so you don’t have to pay for hotel wi-fi, or for using at home or on the go. 

The hotspots can be reserved using our online catalog, but must be checked out and returned at the Public Services Desk. 

The Main Library has 6 hotspots, and the West Branch and South Branch each have 2.

Reserving a Thing

Library of Things items can be reserved up to 3 months in advance for a 2 week lending period.

They can be reserved using the list on this page – please do not use the library catalog to put things on hold.

Scroll through the list above, find your item, and click “borrow” to start the reservation process.

You’ll get an email a day before your reservation starts, and you may pick it up at the Public Service Desk during normal library hours.

Picking Up a Thing

If you’ve reserved an item, you may pick up your items at the Public Service Desk during normal Library hours.

You can also browse the collection, ocated outside the Director’s Office in the main room.

Each item contains a laminated table of contents either taped to the front of the box or just inside the box – please double check the list before leaving the library to make sure everything is there.

Returning a Thing

Please return items to the Main Library at 82 Main Street, inside the library at the Public Service Desk.

Please do not return items to the book drop, as we don’t want them to get squished, damaged, or lost.

Items must be returned in their original containers, and please double check that you are returning all of the pieces or parts that you checked out.  Please be extra careful to return items clean and sanitized.