Library of Things
Library of Things Collection
Highland Community Library is proud to offer a growing collection of Things available to check out and take home! The Library of Things collection is unique to HCL and includes a wide variety of board games, kits, instruments, and more.
All items in the Library of Things collection are available to circulate for one week, with no renewals, and at no charge. The fee for late Things is $1.00 per day. Cambria County Library System cardholders can check out Things even if they are not Highland patrons; however, Things must be returned to HCL ONLY.
Many of our Things, especially our board games, contain lots of little pieces. Please try to return all items in the same packaging in which they were received. Each Thing includes a list of items contained within them, and the board games are labeled with separate bags for ease of return. If you return a Thing and we find that pieces are missing, we are happy to work with you to try to replace them. However, if we decide that enough pieces are missing to render that Thing unusable, you will be charged for its replacement.
Stay tuned to this page for a list of all the Things we have available to borrow. You can also search our catalog if you’re looking for something specific.
We’re always seeking suggestions or donations of useful Things to add to our collection! Contact the library via phone or email with ideas you’d like to share.
Highland Community Seed Library
In partnership with the Master Gardeners of Cambria County (link), we repurposed our old card catalog to create the Highland Community Seed Library. Seeds of all varieties are available for you to take home and plant in your own garden. You may also donate seeds to our seed library.
Before you take any seeds, please stop at the circulation desk and ask for a Seed Library Application. These forms help us keep track of what seeds our patrons are taking home, and what seeds they are bringing in to us.
Rotary Club of Richland Pollinator Teaching Garden
In addition to the unique materials available to borrow in our Library of Things, we also partnered with the Rotary Club of Johnstown Sunset (link) with a generous grant from the Johnstown Garden Club to create an outdoor pollinator garden. The garden features seven raised beds for pollinator-friendly plants. We are working with the Rotary and other community organizations to hold educational events related to gardening, pollinators, and other topics on nature literacy.
Thanks to a partnership with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, patrons can request a free children’s pass for the Johnstown Children’s Museum at any library in Cambria County! Request your free pass at our circulation desk.