Wish List

Often our budget doesn’t allow us to purchase everything we’d like. We’ve created a Wish List to help bridge our needs and wants. These items have been specifically chosen over alternatives because they are designed to be more durable and provide a more robust experience.
email us: wishlist@ottawalibrary.org
call: 785-242-3080
You may purchase a specific item or make a general contribution to a Department. Another option is to come to the library reference or circulation desk to donate funds towards one of those items. All donations to the library are tax deductible. Here are a few items we are asking for:
Amazon Gift Cards

All Departments

Amazon is a great place to find new best sellers in CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, Audio Books, Video Games, and physical Books (both fiction and non-fiction). Common gift card denominations include $10, $25, $50, & $100
Board Games 
Adult, Children, Teen
Many of our programs, events, clubs, and families utilize board games while at the library. We are looking to replace ones that have been well used and add some new ones to our offerings. Here are a few that we are looking for (in alphabetical order):
Apples to Apples, Jr | Chess | Exploding Kittens | Forbidden Island
Settlers of CatanSequence | Ticket to Ride | Uno (4 sets)
 Building or Land Donations

All Departments

The rumors are true. We would LOVE a building of our very own. If you have land or a building to donate, please consider us in your giving or memorials.
If we had a new building and lawn, we could offer more quiet study spaces, have more meeting facilities, have larger areas for programming, keep items for longer before retiring them, and offer onsite outdoor programming.
Button Maker (2.25 in)

Adult, Children, Teen

It was a sad day when our old button maker pressed its last button. Buttons are most often utilized by our Children’s department, but other departments have expressed interest in making some for their functions as well. We have not found one that we sold on, yet. We are looking for one that pressed metal buttons roughly 2.25 inches across. Our previous one was mostly plastic and as it aged the plastic failed. We would prefer one that has a metal structure.Adult, 
Lenovo TiO ThinkCentre Touch Monitors

Children’s Department, Technology Department

Keeping up with technology can be difficult, especially when demand continues to increase. To replace some of our more outdated computers, we would like to use Lenovo Tiny-in-One computers that dock in the back of monitors. This provides a sleek look, updated hardware and software, while allowing us to upgrade or replace the computer unit without need for replacing the monitor and vice versa. We have no preference between touch screen or non-touch screen ThinkCentre TIO Monitors, as we have plans to utilize both. Touch screen will be used in the Children’s’ Department and at catalog search stations.
Magic Desktop 9 Lifetime Licenses

Children’s Department, Technology Department

Providing a safe digital environment where children can learn while having fun is an important part of our Children’s department. We currently have one kid-friendly AWE computer and two Windows desktops. We would like to replace these with newer kid friendly computers. Instead of AWE computers which are very pricey, we are looking at using Magic Desktop 9, which lock the computer into a kid-friendly environment that is restricted to approved applications, games, and websites. We are looking at 1-3 lifetime licenses.
Lenovo TiO ThinkCentre Computers

Children’s Department, Technology Department

Keeping up with technology can be difficult, especially when demand continues to increase. To replace some of our more outdated computers, we would like to use Lenovo Tiny-in-One computers that dock in the back of monitors. This provides a sleek look, updated hardware and software, while allowing us to upgrade or replace the computer unit without need for replacing the monitor and vice versa. After much deliberation and research, we have decided that the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One m710, m715, m910, and m915 would work best for our needs. These models sport modern desktop processors, moderate amounts of RAM, require low amounts of power, Solid State Hard Drives for increased stability and speed, and can easily be swapped out when in need of repair.
Wired Headphones for Children
It was a sad day when our old button maker pressed its last button. Buttons are most often utilized by our Children’s department, but other departments have expressed interest in making some for their functions as well. We have not found one that we sold on, yet. We are looking for one that pressed metal buttons roughly 2.25 inches across. Our previous one was mostly plastic and as it aged the plastic failed. We would prefer one that has a metal structure.
Over-Sized Games
We are looking for more over-sized yard games for our Games on the Go program. We currently have Connect 4 and Checkers. We are open to commercial products and DIY crafted sets.
Go! | Ladder Golf | Othello | Scrabble | Tic-Tac-Toe
Periodical Subscriptions
Newspaper and magazines are an essential staple of the Reference Department. Requests for titles that we do not carry come on a week basis. We would love to offer more titles to our patrons. Contact Lisa or Jean to discuss any titles you wish to assist with.
xyzPrinting daVinci 1.0 Open Filament

$350 Printer

$20+ Filament Spool

$600+ Upgraded Printer with laser engraver and 3D scanner built in.

3D Printer

Technology Department
Two words … Maker Space. Our Technology Department would like to provide a Maker Space where anyone could come and learn several mechanical, technical, and crafty arts. 3D Printing is steadily becoming a part of everyday life.
Having a 3D printer in our Maker Space will allow us to hold more classes on 3D printing and design for all ages. We would also allow patrons to print their own models, outside of classes and workshops, for a minor fee to cover the cost of filament and upkeep.
xyzPrinting’s daVinci Pro 1.0 Open filament model is a solid printer with a safety enclosure. Additionally, the Open Filament model allows us to use 3rd party filament that is more affordable and safer for our patrons. This model has a moderate build volume of 7.8 inches x 7.8 inches x 7.8 inches and has the option to add a laser engraver at a later time.