I was once giving a presentation on circulating nontraditional items. When one librarian stood up and casually mentioned that her library circulated bicycles, I nearly fell over. Others told me that their libraries circulate cake pans, power tools, musical instruments, paintings, and more. I once heard, and I half hope this is not real and half want to hear the assuredly amazing stories, of a library that was circulating costumes.
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I love to hear stories about art being made more accessible to everyday people. Besides books, I love art, but cannot always find the time or extra spending money to drive to local museums. Library Journal posted a story about two art lending libraries, one in Minneapolis and the other in Iowa City, where people can “check out” 3D artworks and take them home.
The public library’s role is changing in the 21st century. Although digital services encompass a large portion of that change, public libraries are a critical resource center for many different types of resources. It is one thing to offer a local history or graphic novel collection, but it is entirely different to offer cake pans […]