Musical Instruments-The library in Ann Arbor, Michigan has a music tools collection with everything from a Moog Theremin (a single oscillator instrument that uses two metal rod antennas to control pitch and amplitude, but you probably knew that) to a Microbrute (synthesizer). You can check out their musical instruments for a week!
Cake Pans-Need to bake a beautiful butterfly for your daughter's 5th birthday party? How about a graduation cap for your son? The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas loans cake pans. You can even go online to see them and reserve the pan you need. There is a $5 fee for cake pans returned dirty or damaged, so make sure you wash your dishes.
Tools-If you're doing a DIY project and don't want to buy all the expensive stuff you need to get it done, check with your library. The Berkeley Public Library offers thousands of tools like a hand drill, tile cutter, and even hammers. Berkeley residents over the age of 18, and people who own property in Berkeley, can check out up to 10 tools at a time. Tools may be borrowed for 3 or 7 days, depending on the item.
DVDs-Right now my daughters are watching a sing-along version of Frozen, which they borrowed from the library. We certainly don't need to buy anything else Frozen related, so getting it free at the library is perfect so that after two weeks, we can “let it go”.
Telescopes-How cool is this? Lots of libraries are now loaning telescopes. In Missouri, the public library systems in St. Louis, St. Louis County, University City and Kirkwood are lending 17 Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch telescopes to any interested cardholder 18 years or older. Check with your local library to see they have telescopes you can borrow.