Most people associate libraries with one thing: books. But Elting Memorial Library director Gillian Murphy says libraries are evolving to become lenders of much more. She points to the New Paltz Library’s “Object Library,” which includes all kinds of things cardholders can look up that aren’t books. “It’s something you borrow from your neighbor,” she says.
Elting’s Object Library includes items like a pressure washer, hiking gear, lawn games, gardening seeds, tools, a Fire TV stick to stream home services, a tablet, a sewing machine, a tent for 3 to 5 people, and a tent for 9 people.