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
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.
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.
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.
quote: First, libraries permit access to material typically not available for free on the web (books whose copyrights are still in force).
quote: Government does far more good than it does harm.
quote: Going with iPads is, unfortunately, the logical choice as it is the de facto tablet standard and it is what people knows.
quote: Why because learning about religion is worthless? Maybe you don't give a shit but many people in the US are religious and care. It's also a libraries job to cover all information. Not just what the vast minority of atheists approve of.
quote: Individual tax liability as a percentage is a better comparison.
quote: I don't know where you live, but pretty much every library I know of owes it's existence to public money. Tax dollars. Is buying a bunch of iPads REALLY necessary in economic times like this when every county and province SHOULD be doing all it can to balance their budgets?