If you’re lucky enough to live Eau Claire, Wis., you can borrow an iPad for use without plunking down cash of your own. All you need is your library card.
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is set to introduce a new program where attendees can try out iPads on the premises and can also rent out models for up to seven days for their own personal use. This program is being put into motion thanks to a $50,000 grant provided by the Presto Foundation.
Here’s how it works: Once the program is launched, library borrowers will be able to rent one of the 32 available units, which are first generation 64 GB models without Wi-Fi (sorry 3G users), for a maximum of a seven days. These iPads will be packed with more than 1,000 digital books to choose from, in addition to 10 audiobooks.
Also, a word of advice — we suggest not keeping your iPad loaner for longer than seven days. Upon checkout, you’ll need to sign a contract (and be 18 years of age), and some hefty fees will apply if you keep it longer. There’s a $10 late fee per day, which can go all the way up to $100. And if you damage the iPad, you’ll owe the library about $1,020, which includes the cost of the iPad plus accessories , which include a carrying case and external keyboard.