The Wichita Public Library's "Library of Things" offers a variety of equipment you can borrow for at-home use. An adult (18+) Wichita Public Library card in good standing is required to borrow these materials (unless otherwise noted).
Chromebooks and laptops are available to check out from a kiosk at the Advanced Learning Library and can be used anywhere inside the Advanced Learning Library, including the terrace on the second floor. This is ideal for flexible work within the Library. These devices may not be removed from the building.
You can borrow a Chromebook or laptop for 3 hours. They can be checked out on a minor library card.
Access to the internet at home has never been easier. With a Library-provided mobile hotspot, you can do all sorts of activities that require an internet connection: checking email, paying bills online, applying for jobs, conducting research, and more. Hotspot checkout is possible thanks to a gift in memory of Forrest C. & Frances H. Lattner through the Wichita Public Library Foundation.
You can borrow a hotspot for 14 days. There are 2 renewals* for this item.
Have you used one of the Library's hotspots? Please fill out our mobile hotspot survey.
An internet bundle is a Chromebook with a mobile hotspot. Internet bundles are funded by the federal Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program. The equipment and services funded by the ECF can only be provided to patrons who do not have access to equipment or services sufficient to access the internet.
You can borrow an internet bundle for 28 days. There are 2 renewals* for this item.
Sponsored by Pure State Services LLC, these radon detectors let customers test radon levels in their homes or businesses. Radon is a colorless, odorless and radioactive gas that can accumulate indoors over time. The gas is a decay of Uranium/Radium that is released into the air, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the EPA, Sedgwick County is considered to be a medium risk zone for radon.
You can borrow a radon detector for 14 days. There are 2 renewals* for this item.
Bring these creative and educational STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) kits to your home! Each STEAM kit comes with different themed activities and books that take learning to a whole new level. These STEAM kits are intended for grade 4+ but can be adjusted according to different age levels.
You can borrow a STEAM to GO! Kit for 14 days. There are 0 renewals for this item. Only 1 kit can be checked out on a library card at a time. STEAM to GO! kits can be checked out on a minor library card.
Look to the stars with the Orion StarBlast Astronomical Telescope available to borrow from your Wichita Public Library. This telescope has been reviewed by a number of astronomical publications and is found to be a great resource for stargazing and learning about the solar system. Each telescope is mounted on a wooden base and has a large optical tube, meaning objects will appear in great detail. Telescope checkout is possible thanks to the generosity of the Georgia Eakins family.
You can borrow a telescope for 14 days. There are 2 renewals* for this item.
* Items are not renewable when someone is on the waiting list.