Library of Things

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The Library of Things at the Hillsboro Public Library is a service that offers things for patrons to checkout – from Arduino kits to ukuleles to cake pans. The collection supports lifelong learning and creativity by providing the physical tools necessary to explore new areas of interest and learn new skills. 

The Hillsboro Public Library has always been a place where you can come to learn anything you are curious about – now we are offering you the tools to satisfy and encourage that curiosity. You can check out over 265 unique things and more than 350 board games from this dynamic collection!

Contact Us

Want to make a purchase suggestion, donate a gently used thing, or volunteer to help? Get in touch!

Contact Brendan Lax by phone at 503-615-2475 or send him an email at Brendan.Lax@Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.

How to Use the Library of Things

Both the Hillsboro Main Library and the Hillsboro Shute Park Branch have a Library of Things collection. All items check out for one week and are both holdable and renewable. Items must be held, picked up, and returned at their respective location. A $5 cleaning fee will be applied for any Thing that is returned dirty. Replacement costs may apply if a Thing is returned broken or with missing parts.

Available for Checkout


A die cutter machine. Image links to Arts and Crafts catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services.
Arts and Crafts

A cake mold. Image links to bakeware catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services.
Bakeware

Star Trek Catan board game. Image links to board game catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Board Games

A popcorn maker machine. Links to the Events and Parties catalog on Washington County Library Services.
Events and Parties

A GoPro Camera. Links to the Home Equipment catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Home Equipment

A ukelele. Links to the Instruments catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services.
Instruments

An ice cream maker. Image links to the Kitchenware catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Kitchenware

A croquet set. Links to the Recreational catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Recreational Kits

A Makey Makey kit. Links to the STEM catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Science and Technology

A colorful interactive early learning toy. Links to the Early Learning catalog on Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Early Learning