Library of Things

Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots can be checked out from Steele Memorial Library (2nd floor desk) and West Elmira Library.
  • Reservations for hotspots can be made on a first-come, first-served basis by phone, email, or in person at the Library. Hotspots circulate for a 14-day loan period (no renewals).
  • Each household (any patrons living in the same house) may only place one hotspot on hold at a time (only one name can be on the waiting list, per household). Once the hotspot has been returned, the same patron or another member of the household may add their name to the waiting list.
  • Hotspots must be checked out in person at the owning library.
“Borrow” seeds from CCLD’s Seed Lending Library at the Steele Memorial Library!

What is a Seed Lending Library?

Come to our seed lending library and “borrow” seeds for free! How can you borrow seeds? The basic idea is that you plant the seeds, let some go to seed, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. The seeds you save and return are a gift to your community. We hope you learn much, experience the joy of gardening, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

How do I borrow seeds?

If you are interested in borrowing seeds, you will need a library card. There are no overdue fines, we just ask that you bring back some seeds. When you check out seeds, you will receive information about seed saving to take with you. Seeds should be returned in a clearly marked envelope (indicate what the plant is on the envelope). If you are unable to get viable seeds from your plant, you can bring back a pack of seeds (only open-pollinated or heirloom – no hybrid).

The Seed Lending Library program originally began at the Horseheads Library on June 12th, 2014. Seeds are now only available at Steele Memorial Library.
Passes for Museums and Parks can be checked out for 7-days.
  • Empire Pass for NYS Parks (PDF Brochure) - Steele and Horseheads each have 2 passes
  • Arnot Art Museum (Family Pass) - Steele has 1 pass
  • Chemung Valley History Museum (Family Pass) - Steele has 1 pass
  • Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY - All CCLD libraries, except Bookmobile, have 2 passes
Board Games can be checked out from Steele Memorial Library and Big Flats Library. The loan period is 2 weeks with an option to renew for another 2 weeks.
Browse the collection:
Steele Memorial Library
Big Flats Library
Kitchen Appliances can be checked out for 2 weeks from West Elmira Library.
The collection currently includes:
  • Artishion Popcorn Maker
  • Better Chef Omelet Maker
  • Dash Air Fryer
  • Dash Egg Cooker
  • Dash Ice Cream Maker
  • Dash Waffle Maker + Griddle
  • George Foreman Indoor Grill
  • Hamilton Beach Bread Maker
  • Hamilton Beach Juicer
  • Instant Pot
  • Keurig Coffee Maker
  • KitchenAid Food Processor
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Marcato Pasta Machine
  • Oster Fondue Pot
Cake pans can be checked out from Steele Memorial Library for 3-weeks (no renewals).

The collection includes:
  • Bundt
  • Lamb
  • Butterfly
  • T-Rex
  • Heart
  • Skull
  • Unicorn
  • Christmas Tree
  • Castle
  • Clown
  • Dalmatian puppy
  • Lambchop
Learn to Knit/Crochet Kits and Activity Kits for Kids are available to check out from West Elmira Library.

Steele Memorial Library has a button maker kit, Raspberry Pi 4 kit, telehealth laptop kit (with hotspot), ukuleles, and blood pressure cuffs. More items coming soon!

West Elmira Library has board game, puzzle, and paperback exchanges. Steele Memorial Library has a puzzle exchange as well (2nd floor).