Library to circulate iPads
By Kayla Glatfelter
Have you always wanted an iPad but didn't have the money to afford one? Soon UNCP students will be able to check out an iPad at the campus library.
Starting later in the spring, the Mary Livermore Library will be launching a program that will allow students to check out an iPad for 24 hours. The funds to purchase the iPads were provided by the Friends of the Library.
According to Associate Professor of Mass Communication Dr. Judy Curtis, who is president of Friends of the Library Board, if this test program is successful, then ideally the program will grow.
"It's a pilot program to start with five iPads to lend to students," explains Dr. Curtis. "It could be expanded if the response is positive."
The library set up this program because they wanted students to be up to date with today's technology. Originally UNCP's laptop program was started as a pilot and now there are up to 30 laptops for students to use in the library.
"We wanted to make technology available to students who might not otherwise have access to an iPad," Dr. Curtis said.
The iPads still need to go through the system so that the library's computer will be able to keep track of iPads being checked in and out. This is why the program isn't starting until later this spring.