Library of Things

Checkout and explore our unique natural environments, test a product, or take up a new hobby with items from our Library of Things collections!


iPads for in library use

iPads can be checked out for use in the branch to read, view, and explore our digital TRL collections. Relax and enjoy your favorite newspaper or magazine via Libby (Overdrive) or Press Reader, watch a film on Kanopy, access a book or audiobook with the Libby app (Overdrive), and much more! First come, first served. No holds.



Math Backpacks

Math backpacks contain picture books, launchpads, manipulatives, and a game, focusing on early math concepts. Educational materials are also included for parents and caregivers to engage in early math activities with their children ages 3-5. Sponsored by Capital Region ESD 113 and the Capital STEM alliance.



Kitchen Tools Image

A trove of kitchen items is available to checkout! Available at the Montesano library only and can be checked out for 3 weeks (no holds, no renewals). Sponsored by the Montesano Friends of the Library.



Planton Kit Image

Dive into the microscopic world of plankton! These kits are sponsored by the Pacific Shellfish Institute and funded via a grant from the Keta Legacy Foundation. Available at the Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater libraries only and can be checked out for 3 weeks (no holds, no renewals).



Stargazing Backpack Image

New Stargazing backpacks to learn about the night skies from your backyard. Each backpack contains stargazing binoculars and tripod, star charts, and a red light flashlight. Funded by the NASA@ My Library Grant. No holds, and the checkout is 3 weeks with no renewals. First-come, first-served basis at the Olympia and West Olympia library.


Checkout WA Kit Image

Check Out Washington kits. These kits include 1 pair of binoculars + case, 3 laminated Washington State nature pamphlets, and 1 Checkout Washington Discover Pass. Kits are funded and curated by the Washington State Parks Foundation, WSECU, Washington State Library System, and the Office of the Secretary of State.


Environmental Education Backpack

Spend time outside exploring and learning how to make nature journals! This backpack contains books on exploring nature, how to create your own nature journals, binoculars, magnifying glass, compass, and a Nature scavenger hunt game while exploring.


Explore Your Forest Backpack

Explore your forest with Checkout Washington Discover Pass, binoculars (adult and youth), informational maps, stay safe with a first aid kit, track your steps with a clip-on pedometer, observe bugs with a bug box, learn trail etiquette, and much more.


Birding Backpacks for Check Out

Enjoy birdwatching? Check out this birding backpack, which includes a Checkout Washington Discover Pass, 2 pairs of binoculars, an Information booklet, birdwatching books, and birding maps for the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula.



Fishing Rod and Tackle Box

Enjoy the outdoors? This kit available in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services - Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula Complex, includes rods, reels, and more! Available only at Mountain View, Lacey, Hawks Prairie, and Tumwater locations. Kits must be returned to the same check-out location. Check out these instructional videos on fishing basics.


Light Therapy Lamps

Feeling the winter blues? Boost your energy, improve your mood, and ease winter blues symptoms. Check out one of our light therapy lamps! Available at each Timberland Library branch.



Want to try out a new instrument? Check one out at our Tumwater Timberland Library location. Available musical instruments include guitar, cajon, ukulele, violin, guitalele and more.





Assistive Devices - WATAP Collection

Devices are organized into categories of Dressing, Kitchen, Household, Reading and Writing, Leisure, Communication, and Computer Access. Detailed information on our WATAP Collection is here.