Library of Things
Laptops, games, cheese presses, karaoke machines & more!
Besides our usual fare of books & movies, we offer a growing collection of tech devices, cookware, learning kits, entertainment and more for you to enjoy at home.
Often it can be hard to justify the expense and storage space for things you only use a few times a year – instead, check them out for free only when you need them! Be part of a sharing community that helps reduce cost, waste, and overcrowded cupboards.
Click the categories to see more details and place holds on items. Or go straight to our entire Library of Things Collection. Do you have something useful to donate or a suggestion of what we should purchase? See below for how to get in touch.
Laptops, Tablets & Hotspots
Don’t have access to the Internet? We have mobile hotspots available for checkout for 7 days. We also have laptops and laptop/hotspot combos to lend as well. Tablets will be available for checkout soon.
Games & Entertainment
Looking for a safe and fun activity to do at home? Check out our selection of board and card games, Karaoke machine, Nintendo Switch and more! We will be regularly adding to this collection over the next few months.
Cooking, Baking & Food Preservation
Looking for the perfect pan for a cake? Or maybe that commercial-sized food dehydrator? Check out those items and more in our collection of home kitchen and preservation tools from the Oregon State University Extension Service. All items must be picked up and returned to the Hood River Library. Most items check out for one week.
For more information about the Hood River County Extension Service visit:
These are new items that are now available to check out. Click on the link to place a hold.
These are items we are currently getting ready to offer:
Using The Library
Books & More
Help us grow our Library of Things!
We are constantly on the look out for new items to add to our Library of Things collection. Do you have a purchase suggestion for us to consider? We’d love to hear from you!
Library of Things Purchase Request
Are you interested in donating your gently-used board games, technology tools, science objects or other interesting items to the Library of Things Collection?
Fill out the form below with the specific item that you are interested in donating and someone from our Library of Things team will get back to you.
Library of Things Donation Offer
The Jeanne Marie Gaulke Community Meeting Room at the Hood River Library is available for the public to use for meetings and special events. Such use could include nonprofit board meetings, public hearings, concerts and performances, lectures, and much more.
Up to 49 people can occupy the room. The room is free for non-commercial use and $20 per hour for commercial use or private use. Commercial use includes selling products or services, fundraising, or events where a fee is charged. Private use includes events for private parties such as closed parties, depositions, meetings with clients, etc. Businesses and commercial organizations may use the Meeting Room without charge for educational and informational purposes or for staff meetings and trainings.
The room can be booked up to 6 months in advance. While every effort is made to accommodate use of the room, we cannot guarantee availability for regular weekly or monthly events or events that involve all day use across multiple days.
The following furniture and equipment are available:
- Television with DVD and VHS players
- Projection screen
- LCD projector
- Phone for teleconferencing (upon request)
Booking the room
If you're interested in booking the room, please first read the Meeting and study rooms policy. Then, check the calendar below to see if the dates in which you're interested are available. Once you determine your dates, fill out the form below to book the room. We like to leave at least a 30 minute gap between appointments, so keep that in mind when requesting times.
Need to use the room at a time with the library isn't open? No problem! We're happy to check out a key to you, so the room is available anytime.
The calendar below shows when the room is being used. Please check the room's availability, then fill out the application below. We will contact you to confirm your reservation.Meeting room reservations can only be made for meetings occurring within the next 6 months. Please call us with questions at 541-386-2535 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOBILE DEVICE USERS:
If the individual days can't be read, try ROTATING your phone or tablet to view horizontally (landscape). If you are having difficulties, you can view it on a laptop/desktop computer or contact us.