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FCPL Introduces Meters and Readers to the Library of Things

Library of Things Meters and Readers Announcement

Library cardholders in Fairfax County can now borrow a variety of testing devices from their neighborhood branches. As of Nov. 27, nine types of meters and readers are available for check out at Fairfax County Public Library’s (FCPL) 23 locations as part of its Library of Things, adding to the growing collection of non-traditional items visitors can borrow for use in their own homes. The introduction of these devices aligns with the library’s 2024-2027 Strategic Plan, which places emphasis on, among many other things, expanding the community’s access to innovative technology and resources.  

The initial batch of meters and readers available to check out include: 

  • Air Quality Monitors 

  • Battery Testers 

  • Carbon Monoxide Meters 

  • Kilowatt Usage Meters 

  • Laser Thermometers 

  • Moisture Meters 

  • On-Board Diagnostic Code Readers 

  • Radon Gas Monitors 

  • Soil Meters 

Each device is available to check out for three weeks at a time and, if not immediately available, can be put on hold online or by visiting the information desk at any FCPL branch. More information about each of these devices can be found here

After all, why buy it when you can borrow it! 

Along with the meters and readers, the Library of Things is home to many other borrowable items that go beyond the bounds of traditional library materials, such as artwork, binoculars, board games, book discussion kits, Connect Chromebook Kits, Conserve Energy Kits, Hands-On History kits, Launchpad tablets, nature backpacks and thermal cameras.  

To learn more about the materials available through the Library of Things, visit our Library of Things LibGuide.

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