Library of Things

The library now has everyday—and not so everyday—objects to borrow. Ever wanted to try the banjo? Need a power drill but don't want to buy one? Want to gaze at the stars with special binoculars? Trying to unwind with a classic video game console? The library now lends all of these and more. You'll need a library card, and most of these are borrowed a week at a time. Stop by either the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk, or the Children's Desk and ask! 

For more information contact or 413-499-9480

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Library of Things

Check out what’s new in our Library of Things. From ukuleles, gardening tools, and tents to WiFi hotspots and Kindles; you can try out a karaoke machine for your next party, or borrow a drill for your home improvement project.

For more information, or to place a hold, visit the Reference Desk or call (413) 499-9480 ext. 202.


3D Printing

Have you seen a 3D printer? The Athenaeum has three for you to try out! Visit the Reference Department to see one in action or to print your project.

Want to learn how to design for 3D printing? Librarians designed a Self-Guided 3-D Printing Curriculum.

Technology Lending Program

The Athenaeum lends several pieces of technology to patrons. Visit the Reference Department with your library card and check out a laptop or tablet to use in the Library for two hours. Or take home a Kindle for one week to read eBooks. The Children’s Library also has a selection of devices for kids to use.