iPads can be borrowed for 7-days

Just when most of the tech heads out there are getting used to the idea of local libraries lending eBooks that can be read on eReaders, one library is taking things even further. 

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is thought to be the first in the country to have iPad tablets for lending. The library states that the goal of the lending program is to provide library users with opportunities to gain familiarity and comfort with new technology and to allow them to use alternative means to read and explore the web.

The library is offering tablets with four-hour loan periods in the library and has other iPads that are being offered on a 7-day take home loan.

To borrow the iPad, the user needs a valid library card and must be at least 18. An overdue iPad will cost the user $10 per day and there is no grace period. There is also another $25 fine if the iPad is returned in a drop box or by any other method than directly to the library staff.

If the iPad is lent out and then broken or damaged by the user, the borrower will be liable for as much as $1,020 to replace the iPad and accessories. That fee also counts if the iPad is stolen while in the borrower's possession. The library also has the right to take the borrower to court if they don’t pay late fees or cover any damages.

The iPads do come with the power cord and adapter, a carry case, protective skin, a screen protector, and the instructions. The user can also check out a keyboard dock as an option.

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