I am trying to come up with the English word for this place. Place description: Someone is typing their name and select items that they borrow on a mounted device, to the wall or the floor. Then later, they return those items to the exact same place.

Registration Station I think is too long and difficult to say, so the shorter or more elegant, the better

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    Could trim it down to registation ;) Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 8:49

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I suggest “Lending Station”. What you are describing sounds like people are borrowing an item similar to a book at a library.


I think that kiosk may be the best word. It originally referred to a small sheltered structure or hut, but has become more broadly defined as

a small structure in a public area used for providing information or displaying advertisements, often incorporating an interactive display screen or screens.

Here is one of the top image results for "kiosk":

Three ordering stations at a fast-food restaurant

  • No idea why this was downvoted. Even medical offices nowadays are setting up self-check-in kiosks. Also Kohl's (clothing store) has kiosks where you can stand and make a catalog order if your size is out of stock. Commented Jun 10, 2022 at 18:43
  • Nice suggestion, I like it. Still feel that it may be too broad of a term though. What about those parking ticket machines where you get a ticket on your way in and insert the ticket on your way out? Except what I think of is not a parking ticket but things that you borrow and return back, and you do it on the same device. So it's both a checkin and checkout but also registers your name. Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 8:06

This is how tool cribs work. You exchange your chit for a tool. In this case, it's an electronic chit. Some places take your id or driver's license.

I'd call it a loaner station, and I'm not the only one - https://www.boatingsafety.com/store/viewproduct.aspx?id=14842788 enter image description here

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