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Fun Things to Borrow

The library offers more than just books! Discover some of the unique items available to be borrowed with your HCPL library card.

All Maker Kits are available to borrow for a one-week loan period. Maker Kits can only be returned at the circulation desk during open hours. Please do not return Maker Kits in the book drop.

Makey Makey

Makey Makey lets you use everyday objects as computer keys! Turn bananas into a piano or create a video game controller from playdough—the options are endless! You'll need your own computer, but no additional software is required. Visit for more project suggestions. Ages 6+

Reserve a Makey Makey Kit

Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits® teaches basic engineering, electronics and circuitry concepts by using building components with snaps to assemble electronic circuits on a simple “rows-and-columns” base grid. The resulting projects function like the printed circuit board found in most electronic products. Each Snap Circuits® part is easily identifiable by a different colour and purpose, and each kit includes an easy-to-follow project manual. Ages 8+

Reserve a Snap Circuits Kit


Ozobots use sensors to follow lines and read colour codes you make with markers (or stickers!). Choose from Speed, Direction, Cool Moves codes, and more. Learn basic coding concepts like cause and effect, critical thinking, and debugging. Ages 5+

Reserve an Ozobot Kit


Designed for kids, this 3D pen uses a non-toxic biodegradable filament that melts at low temperatures. Each kit comes with 24 filaments for you to experiment with over the one-week loan period. Ages 6+

Reserve a 3Doodler Kit

These devices were donated by the Heat Bank Haliburton County and Haliburton Solar and Wind and can be used to determine how much energy your appliances use. Simply plug the device into an outlet and connect the appliance you would like to assess. 

Available for a one-week loan period.

Reserve a Kill-A-Watt Power Metre

The Dysart branch houses a collection of sports equipment provided in partnership with the municipality of Dysart et al that can be borrowed for a one-week loan period.

Items include discs for disc golf, basketballs, soccer balls, baseball mitts, hiking poles, Frisbees, tennis rackets, volleyballs, a bocce ball set, and dodgeballs.

Visit the Dysart branch in Haliburton Village to see what is available.

An Ontario Parks Pass is a great way to explore a provincial park for the day. Bike, hike, swim, picnic, and experience what our province has to offer!

Passes can be borrowed for a one-week loan period, and instructions for use are attached to each one. You can reserve a pass for pickup using our online catalogue. The pass includes entry at any operating provincial park for one vehicle and its passengers.

Please note: Some of the busiest parks sell advance daily vehicle permits, which means you will need to reserve your spot in advance to guarantee entry. This vehicle permit is free with the possession of an Ontario Parks pass, and patrons can visit to reserve one up to five days in advance of their trip. At time of payment, please select “Seasonal Vehicle Permit Holder” and enter the serial number on the borrowed pass. You can also call 1-888-ONT-PARK to go through this process. 

Get your daily vehicle permit up to five days in advance to guarantee your day use spot at participating parks. Patrons must bring their printed or electronic daily vehicle permit as well as their borrowed pass to present at the park gate.

Please report lost passes to HCPL as soon as possible. There is a $50 charge for lost passes. We report lost or unreturned passes to Ontario Parks so they can take that pass out of circulation. Please treat your pass with care so it can be enjoyed by other patrons.

Created in partnership with the Township of Minden Hills, these passes are available to borrow from the Minden Hills branch for use at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena (55 Parkside St). 

Passes can be borrowed for a one-week loan period and may be renewed up to two times, if no holds. You can reserve a skating pass for pickup using our online catalogue. The pass includes entry at any regular public skating program, where program space permits, for up to 5 people.

Passes are not valid for special events.

Passes will become available to borrow again in the fall of 2024.

Radon Screening Kits are available for loan from HCPL. Radon Screening Kits can be an important way to determine if you have high levels of radon in your home. Radon Screening Kits will be available during the winter heating season (October through March) each year.

Kits will become available to place holds on again in the fall.