Northborough Free Library's Library of Things
Collection Development and Circulation Guidelines

The Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional library items that complement the Northborough Free Library's mission to provide materials, space, access and opportunities for members of the community to learn and discover, and to enrich their lives and further their personal goals. Patrons who borrow a Thing agree to abide by the Northborough Free Library's lending guidelines below.

Types of Materials Included in the Collection
The purpose of the Library of Things is to provide diverse opportunities for learning and engagement. To further this goal, the Library of Things may include Recreational Kits, Science and Technology items, Audiovisual equipment and much more. The Library of Things is not intended to be comprehensive and the library is lmited by a finite amount of storage space for these items. For a full list of available items, visit the Library of Things landing page. 

Procurement of Materials
The Library of Things Collection is developed and managed to meet the cultural, informational, educations, and recreational needs of library patrons of all ages in the Town of Northborough. The library's professional staff will select materials based on the needs of library patrons. The library welcomes input from the community concerning the collection. All suggestions for purchase are evaluated using the same selections criteria as for other materials and are not automatically added to the collection.
Due to limited storage space and the staff time necessary to evaluate, test, and maintain each Thing, the library can accept only a limited number of donations. The library does not accept materials that are not outright gifts, and cannot guarantee the permanence of a gift in the collection. Materials donated to the library are received with the understanding that they are subject to the same selection and evaluation criteria as material aquired for purchase. To suggest a donation please email with a description of the Thing and your contact information. Not all library materials may be suitable for all members of the community. Responsibility for a child's use of library materials, regardless of format or content, lies with the parent or guardian, not with the library. Due to the nature of the items contained in the Library of Things, these items will not be shared via delivery with other libraries in the C/WMARS Library Network. All library patrons are required to check out and return Library of Things items to the Main Desk at the Northborough Free Library. 

Evaluation of Collections
The library will use circulation data and community suggestions to guide future selections for the Library of Things collection. Items that are not popular and do not circulate will be withdrawn from library collections according to our Collection Development Policy. 

Library's Use of Things
The library reserves the right to take a Thing out of circulation temporarily to use for library purposes (workshops, demonstrations, or other programs), or to repair a damaged item.