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Cool Tools

The Cool Tools collection is comprised of a variety of tools available for check-out by cardholders. The purchasing of the tools was made possible by a generous grant from the Taco/White Family Foundation.

The following Cool Tools are available for borrowing at the listed locations: 

 Stud Finder

Zircon StudSensor e50

Available at the Central Library

Into home improvement? Use this stud finder to detect the edges of wood and metal studs and joists behind walls, floors, and ceilings. Why stop there? This sensor also utilizes patented technology to detect live AC voltage.

 Thermal leak detector

Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector

Available at the Central Library

Determine energy leaks in your home with this infrared thermometer. With an easy-to-use interface, you can set a reference temperature, then watch the LED display change color as the thermometer detects hot or cold spots.

 Power meter

Kill A Watt EZ Power Meter P4460

Available at the Central Library

Ever wonder how much energy your appliances are using? This meter calculates the energy costs of your electrical devices and can help you make decisions about which appliances you should leave plugged in.

 Infrared thermometer

Fluke 62 Max+ IR Thermometer

Available at the Central Library

Small and durable, this infrared thermometer is everything you'd expect from a professional tool that quickly and accurately detects temperature readings.

 Roku streaming player

Roku 2 Streaming Player

Available at the Central Library

This streaming device allows you to stream nearly 200 popular movies to your television over WiFi. Just plug in the Roku to your TV's HDMI port, connect it to WiFi, and gain access to the library's VUDU account, which is stocked with the latest movies. 

 Ghost hunting kit

Ghost EMF Meter Kit

Available at the Central Library and the Oak Lawn Branch

Whether you're investigating a haunting, or simply curious about the EMFs (electric and magnetic field) in your home and neighborhood, this kit has all the tools you need to gather evidence.

 Laser measurement tool

Bosch GLM 10 Laser Measure

Available at the Central Library

Thanks to this device’s laser precision technology and continuous measurement mode, it takes instant and reliable measurements up to 35 square feet. This pocket-sized laser measure operates simply, with the push of a button.

 Picture hanging tool

Picture Hanging Tool

Available at the Central Library

Hang & Level is the picture hanging tool designed to mark exactly where the nail goes, making it quick and easy to decorate your walls like a pro.  Marks exactly where the nail goes , hangs pictures visually without measuring, and can be used on all wall materials . Maximum weight 10 lbs on single hook, 20 lbs on double hook.

 Video camera

Camcorder Video Camera

Available at the Central Library

Small and light with a sleek new design, the Canon VIXIA HF M500 camcorder's image quality is unsurpassed, thanks to the camcorder's newly designed, professional-level Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor.

Radon detector

Airthings Digital Radon Detector

Available at the Central Library

Take control of your radon levels with no lab tests needed, ever! Quick results - within 24 hours you will see the first indication of your radon levels. Accurate - track levels over long periods for more accuracy than traditional methods. 

Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Roscoe Medical Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Available at the Central Library
Monitor and maintain pulse rate and oxygen saturation levels. Easy to operate, high accuracy, perfect for sports enthusiasts, auto-off function.

Battery Tester


Amprobe BAT-200 Battery Tester

Available at the Central Library

Check batteries! Battery failure is often a common cause of instrument failure. Easy-to-read color-coded display with "good", "low" and "replace/recharge" indicators. Works with standard and rechargeable batteries.




Johnson 10" Digital Torpedo Level

Available at the Central Library

Backlit LCD, IP65 construction - dustproof and waterproof, sub-display for showing reference angles, strong rare earth magnets and V-groove top edge, display automatically inverts when working overhead.

 LED therapy lamp


Verilux LED Light Therapy Lamp

Available at the Central Library

Three brightness level settings, clinically proven strength, even LED light without hot spots, safe for eyes & skin, LED session timer with 15 minute intervals.

Outlet tester

Klein Tools RT250 GFCI Outlet Tester

Available at the Central Library

Electrical circuit tester that tests the wiring conditions at an electrical outlet and inspects GFCI devices. The LCD displays the voltage, the wiring fault and the GFCI trip time.

Sewing Machine

Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine

Available at the Central Library
*Three week loan period*

Machine has 27 built-in stitches, quick-set bobbin, needle threader, button sewing foot and additional accessories with instructional DVD. 


All items are available to cardholders 18+ years of age for one-week loan periods unless otherwise specified. Tools must be returned to the location they were borrowed from during open library hours. Overdue fines accrue at $5/day. Fee for returning item to another location is $5.  Complete lending policy is available here.


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