We have a few slightly more “unusual” items available to borrow at the public library here in Calgary, including pedometers, electricity usage monitors, and – at one of our branches – musical instruments of all kinds, which is crazy exciting (and I really ought to take advantage of the opportunity at some point. I can’t currently play any instruments, but what better way to find out which one I would like to take up?). I know some libraries throughout the world will lend out garden seeds, tools, and household appliances, among other useful items. At one library in a neighbouring town in Alberta, you can even borrow snowshoes during the winter months.
Does your local library lend out items other than books (print and electronic), audio/visual materials, and access to streaming services and other online content such as newspapers and educational courses? Have you ever used any of the “additional” items offered?