Provenance unknown; found via Austin Kleon. See also this recent advert/Instagram post by the New York Public Library:
The Library of Things is a new service from the Sacramento Public Library that offers things for checkout—such as sewing machines, musical instruments and yard equipment. The items in the Library of Things were chosen in a voting process by Sacramento Public Library patrons and funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered through the California State Library.
What an excellent idea—something that every town and city could do with.