Non-Traditional Items Available

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Adult bikes and helmets

Main and South Lorain
One day for bikes and seven days for helmets,
no renewals

Explore Lorain and the surrounding areas by coming to our Main and South Lorain branches to take part in the Go Lorain Bike Share program. Check out one of our adult bikes and helmets, as well as children’s helmets, with your library card. They must be returned by closing time each day. Replacement costs for bikes are $100 and $25 for helmets.

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Bike locks

All branches Seven days,
no renewals
Replacement cost is $12.

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Binge boxes

All branches
21 days, five renewals

Want to have a Tom Hanks marathon? Enjoy these sets of four to six films with a common actor or theme for a day of binge-watching movies rated PG and up.

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Blood pressure kits

All branches
14 days, no renewals

Monitor your blood pressure at home with one of these special kits that includes a monitoring unit, cuff, quick guide user card, AC adaptor, blood pressure wallet card for tracking your blood pressure and a survey.

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Early childhood learning backpacks

All branches
21 days

These backpacks encourage literacy with a variety of books, games, puzzles and cards while focusing on several different themes such as emotions, sound, community and the solar system.

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Hotspots

Main, Domonkas and South Lorain
21 days, no holds or renewals

Take the internet home with you with our mobile hot spots, providing wi-fi internet to up to 10 users. There is a limit of one check out per account and per household. They include a case and a charger cord. If overdue, service to the hot spot will be shut off.

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Launchpads

All branches
7 days, no holds or renewals

These are preloaded, safe educational tablets with content and games for users of all ages and do not need to be connected to wi-fi in order to be used. Topics include literacy, math, science, art and social skills.

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Legos

All branches
21 days, one renewal, no holds

Use your library card to build a whole new world! Standard Lego sets include 790 pieces and are available at all branches in addition to having themed sets, with a specific home branch:

  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Express – 801 pieces (Main)
  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall – 878 pieces (Avon)
  • Star Wars Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter – 578 pieces (Columbia)
  • Star Wars Imperial TIE Fighter – 519 pieces (Domonkas)
  • Marvel Avengers Compound Battle – 699 pieces (North Ridgeville)
  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Clock Tower – 922 pieces (South Lorain)
  • Duplo Sets by Lego – A preschool building toy for ages 2 to 5. (All Branches)
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Memory care backpacks

All branches
21 days, one renewal

These backpacks contain DVDs and photo/activity cards created for the enjoyment of those with dementia, their caregivers and family in order to provide comfort and inspire connections and conversation. It also includes an information sheet from the Alzheimer’s Association of Lorain County. They are themed and each branch has two different collections:

  • Dog and Homemaker (Main)
  • Handyman and Farm (Avon)
  • Patriotic and Summer (Columbia)
  • Spring and Patriotic (Domonkas)
  • Cat and Great Outdoors (North Ridgeville)
  • Autumn and Summer (South Lorain)
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Nightsky binoculars

All branches
7 days, no renewals

All branches Seven days, no holds or renewals These large aperture binoculars are ideal for astronomical viewing or for terrestrial use, especially over long distances. Each SkyMaster model features high quality BaK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics for enhanced contrast. They include SkyMaster Giant 15x70 binoculars, instruction sheet, tripod adapter, red light mini LED flashlight and night sky star finder.

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Playaways

All branches
21 days, five renewals

Enjoy Playaways, an easy-to-use, portable, pre-loaded audiobook. All you need is headphones or an auxiliary cord (also available for checkout) and press play.

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Readalongs

All branches
21 days, five renewals

Available in Wonderbook and VOX Books brands, these print books come with an audiobook inside that allows patrons to follow along as they read. Available in picture book, early readers, chapter books and nonfiction formats, these books also include comprehension questions at the end.

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Volleyballs

Columbia
One day

Play in the Columbia Township Park’s sand volleyball courts with volleyballs available to check out at the branch.

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Sewing machine

Avon
In-branch use only

Call the Avon Branch to reserve time to use its Brother XM2701 Portable sewing machine but make sure to bring your own supplies.

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IBM Correcting Selectric II typewriter

Main and North Ridgeville
In-branch use only

Available for use with additional ribbons and correcting ribbons on hand.