If you’re a “try before you buy” type of person, you may be in luck. The Grande Prairie Public Library has moved beyond just books, with its new borrowing service called Library of Things.
“It may be things that you may or may not want to buy but you may like to use, it may be something that you want to use one time or something that you want to try out before you buy it because it’s a little more expensive,” says Creator and Library Director Deb Cryderman.
The program officially started on June 13th after being in the works since late 2018. Cryderman says around 21 different items from backyard activities like ladder ball, bikes and sports equipment to a record player are able to be borrowed free of charge and all but four are currently signed out.
“We had a Strider [Balance] Bike… 19 minutes after it was catalogued it had been borrowed. We have a projector [and] by the time we got that out there and ready for people to borrow there were three holds on it already. Things are going fast and furious and I don’t know if people will ever see the items in the library or if they’ll just have to put them on hold.”
People looking to borrow items will just need a library card to do so. Cryderman says more items will be added as people tell them what they would like to see. The full catalogue can be found by visiting the library’s website and typing “Library of Things” into the search bar.