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Library of Things

It’s not just for books anymore. The Burlington Public Library now offers a diverse collection of non-traditional materials through their ‘Library of Things’. Library Director Michael Wick says these things range from Roku sticks with streaming services and movies preloaded with Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max to American Girl Doll kits, board games, and more.

“We’re very excited to start sharing our new collection of innovative items from the Library of Things at the Burlington Public Library,” said Wick. “We’re already planning additional items to the collection and are always open to suggestions of what patrons would like to see added. 

All items in our Library of Things can be placed on hold and checked out for one week with no renewals. When they’re returned, please give us a couple of days to check the contents before they’re checked in.  There are no late fees as the library is Fine Free as of 2019.

The list of ‘Things’ are below, Click Here for details and suggestions for items to add can be emailed to

  • American Girl Doll kits – Over 15 different American Girl dolls throughout American history; even some from popular fiction such as Star Wars and Harry Potter!  Each doll comes with an assortment of clothing for costume changes. (replacement fees vary)
  • Board Games – a wide array of board and card games for a fun game night with friends or family (replacement fees vary)
  • Nintendo Switch – includes Switch console, 4 Joy Cons, 1 Pro Controller, and 5 games (Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sword, & Just Dance 2020) ($650 replacement fee)
  • GoPro Video Recorder – includes camera, shorty tripod, and 64GB memory card ($285 replacement fee)
  • Roku Streaming Stick – stream Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max, in addition to the library’s digital movie collection of latest hit movies ($60 replacement fee)
  • VCR – standalone VCR with RCA cables; can be used in conjunction with the Elgato Video Capture device to transfer VHS tapes to a digital format ($150 replacement fee)
  • Elgato Video Capture – device to transfer VHS tapes to a digital format; requires laptop or computer, internet connection to download software, and VCR to play VHS tapes ($90 replacement fee)
  • WiFi Hotspot – connect to the Internet wirelessly within the continental US ($50 replacement fee)
  • Light Therapy Lamp – Verilux HappyLight VT20 for a daily boost of sunshine ($106 replacement fee)
  • Metal Detector – easy to use and lightweight metal detector ($135 replacement fee)
  • Ukulele (Tenor) – tenor ukulele with tuner and lesson book ($160 replacement fee)
  • Ukulele (Soprano) – soprano ukulele with tuner and lesson book ($90 replacement fee)