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Exploration Library

Expand your horizons! Explore the world...and beyond!

You can borrow more than books and movies from the Park Ridge Public Library.

We now offer a collection of unique items as well.

  • Are you looking for a creative new way to capture your next adventure or make some family memories?
  • Maybe you want to take a peek at the rings of Saturn or the Sea of Tranquility.
  • Ever wanted to get your hands on an interactive robot, but weren't sure where to start?
  • Have you ever headed to the library on a bright sunny day only to be surprised by a rain shower as you're getting ready to check out?

Our Exploration Library has you covered!

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Dash is a programmable robot great for beginners and young explorers that can move around and interact with its environment. A Bluetooth enabled device and free apps (Go, Wonder, Path, and Blockly) will bring Dash to life.
(iPad not included.)

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Another great robot for beginners, Ozobot is a small, smart toy robot that empowers gamers and learners to code, play, create, and connect the physical and digital worlds. Ozobots can be used with web editor Ozoblockly.

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Sparki Robot


Ready for more of a challenge? Learn robotics, programming, and electronics with Sparki. Sparki can be programmed with C++ or block based programming using free software downloaded to your computer.

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Thermal Camera


The FLIR ONE Pro helps you find invisible problems faster than ever, whether you're inspecting electrical panels, troubleshooting mechanical systems, looking for HVAC problems, or finding water damage, [it measures] temperatures up to 400°C (752°F)—with a sensitivity that detects temperature differences down to 70 mK. Generously sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County

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GoPro Hero 5


Capture action footage by attaching this pint-sized portable camera to a person, vehicle, bike, and more. A head strap is included.

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GoPro Gooseneck Clamp


This bendable GoPro gooseneck clamp is the perfect accessory to use for hands-free filming with the GoPro Hero 5.

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Merge VR Glasses  


Immerse yourself in virtual worlds and watch videos in 360 degrees with these Virtual Reality Headsets! Free apps are available from YouTube, Google Cardboard and Cardboard Camera. (Smartphone not included.)

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Orion Starblast Telescope


Explore the solar system with this compact reflector telescope! Perfect for beginning and intermediate star gazers, this telescope provides bright, detailed views of the moon and planets as well as nebulae and star clusters.

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This little guy can come in handy when creating green screen videos and pictures! Works with small tablets and phones as well as traditional cameras and video cameras. 

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Backyard Movie Bundle


Includes everything you need to watch movies in your backyard: a 17 ft. inflatable screen (air pump included), a Blu-Ray/DVD player, and an outdoor movie projector conveniently stored in a folding wagon.

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Green Screen Lighting Kit


Put yourself and your subjects in a variety of amazing situations without leaving your house! Use your tablet or smartphone to download your favorite green screen app. 

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Turn your next movie or game night into a big-screen adventure with this mini portable LED LCD projector! Project onto a wall, or sheet in your home. Or even take the fun outside and project your videos onto your garage for a movie under the stars!

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Bocce Ball Set


This bocce ball set is a fun outdoor game which is relaxing and strategic. Lawn bowling invites players of different skill levels to enjoy time together.

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Giant 4-in-a-Row Game


Game night will be a hit with this Giant 4 in a Row Game where you connect four coins in a row to win. This three foot, wood constructed set will have players clamoring for their turn.

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Playstation VR


This add-on for the Playstation 4 brings virtual reality to gaming and lets you experience games in a totally new, fully immersive way.  The system includes a Playstation VR headset, 2 Move controllers, Playstation camera, and a demo PS VR game.

Click here for a list of available Playstation VR compatible games.

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Document Scanner


The Brother DSMobile 920DW is a lightweight mobile scanner with single-pass duplex capability, ideal for quickly capturing documents, photos, receipts, laminated IDs, and business cards. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Bike Locks


Browse the Library's collections, enjoy a program, or explore Park Ridge on foot while your bike stays safe outside the library with one of our bike locks.



Keep yourself (and your books) dry in that unexpected downpour by borrowing one of our umbrellas!