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WPL's Library of Things

 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ BELOW BEFORE PLACING ITEMS FROM WPL’S LIBRARY OF THINGS ON HOLD
 

How to Place a Hold on an Item from WPL’s Library of Things:

  • Patron must be a Worcester public library card holder 18 years and older (children and teen e-readers can be checked out on a child or teen card).
  • Patron must be a Worcester Library card holder.
  • Patron account must be in good standing (i.e. library account is not blocked due to unpaid fees or lost materials).
  • Patron or patron’s guardian (if under 18) will read through the WPL Library of Things Agreement before placing a hold. 
  • To place a hold on an item, use the PLACE HOLD link under the item you wish to borrow below. Once you locate the item, click on “place hold” on the right and then proceed with your request. Some items are at multiple branches; be sure to place the hold at the branch where you would like to pick the item up.
  • Items cannot be reserved for specific dates.

How to Checkout Items from WPL’s Library Of Things: 

  • Patron or patron’s guardian (if under 18) must provide a current photo ID to validate against patron record.
  • Patron will be asked to complete the WPL Library of Things Agreement, acknowledging financial responsibility for lost or damaged items.
  • Each household can only borrow one item from each category at any time.
  • All items circulate for 14 days.
  • Patron will not attempt to alter the structure or any of the items.
  • Patron will take responsibility for reading instruction manual and guide for how to properly use any borrowed item.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who abuses equipment or is repeatedly late in returning items.

How to Return Items from WPL’s Library of Things:

  • Items MUST be returned to a checkout desk at the pickup location during normal business hours.
  • A designated staff person will do a visual check to ensure that the item and any accessories are returned in good condition.
  • For items with batteries, please have sufficient battery charge on the device when returning it so the device can be checked in properly. TELESCOPE BORROWERS: be sure to power down any battery power source on the telescope when returning the telescope.
  • Late fees for these items are $5 PER DAY.
  • There are no renewals on items in WPL’s Library of Things.
  • Patron agrees to inform library staff regarding any issues with items (broken pieces, dead batteries, cosmetic damage, lost items, etc).
  • If items are lost or damaged, the cardholder or cardholder’s guardian will be charged for any item or accessory. Please refer to each item for replacement costs.
 
Borrow a Kindle Paperwhite (for all ages) and select your own titles from OverDrive with the assistance of a librarian Available to borrow from Main Library, Frances Perkins, Roosevelt, Tatnuck Magnet, Goddard, and Burncoat Branches of the library.
 
Borrow one of our Kindle Devices below with preloaded titles. Available to borrow from Main Library.
PLACE HOLD FOR TEEN'S KINDLE TOUCH HERE - ages 12 to 17 (text to speech feature included)
PLACE HOLD FOR CHILDREN'S KINDLE TOUCH HERE - ages 0 to 11 (text to speech feature included)
Patrons cannot add items from their personal Amazon account to the Library’s e-reader.
 
Replacement Costs: 
Kindle $130
Case $10
Total $140
 
      
Welcome to our Hotspot lending service. To adhere with the Library’s mission to make information accessible to everyone, the Worcester Public Library has broadband mobile hotspots available for loan. You may borrow the device to access the Internet for free at your home, in your car, or anywhere else! 
Hotspots are available to borrow from the Main Library and the Frances Perkins Branch Library. 
 
Instructions for the hotspot are on the inside cover of the box.
 
Replacement Costs:
Hotspot $110
Charger/adapter $20
Case $5
Total $135
 
Note: If hotspot is not returned to the library when it is due, wireless service will be disconnected and the hotspot will be unusable. International roaming is not available on Library hotspots. 
 
Welcome to our Laptop & Hotspot Bundle. To adhere with the Library’s mission to make information accessible to everyone, the Worcester Public Library has broadband mobile hotspots available for loan along with laptops. You may borrow the devices to access the Internet for free. 
Laptop & Hotspot Bundles are available to borrow from the Main Library and the Frances Perkins Branch Library. 
 
Laptop will delete any saved files when powered off to protect your privacy; save files to USB or cloud storage.
Instructions for the laptop and hotspot are provided. 
 
Replacement Costs:
Laptop $500
Laptop charger/adapter $20
Mouse $20
Laptop bag $25
Hotspot $110
Hotspot charger/adapter
$20
Case $5
Total $700
 
Note: If Laptop & Hotspot Bundle is not returned to the library when it is due, wireless service to the hotspot will be disconnected. International roaming is not available on Library hotspots.
 
 
 
Thanks to the Aldrich Astronomical Society’s Library Telescope Program, Worcester Public Library is now able to provide a loaner telescope to our patrons. The goal of the Library Telescope Program is to help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope, the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.
The WPL Orion Starblast Telescope can be used for viewing astronomical events, learning more about our solar system and the stars, developing a greater appreciation for the earth’s place in the universe, and for fun.
Telescopes are available to borrow from the Main Library. Patron will be sure to power down any battery power source on the telescope when returning the telescope.
 
Replacement Costs:
Telescope $300
Energizer Headlamp $18
Constellations Pocket Guide $10
Starmap/Instructions $6
Red Pouch $9
Sterlite Container $15
Protective Pillows (2) $22
Total $380
 

Agreement Form

WPL Library of Things Agreement (updated 1/22/2021)
 
 
 

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