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The Main Library has 13 iPads available for checkout from the circulation desk on a first come, first served basis. The iPads have wireless access to the campus network, but are not 3G models.   While the iPads have many educational, informational, and entertainment uses, the library's purpose in making them available is to provide a handheld option for the use of our extensive collection of e-books


Library iPads will not update the iOS beyond 5.1.1.  Because of this, more and more apps no longer work on them.  You can still use a browser like Safari or Chrome to access many websites.

Suggestions for apps to add to the library portfolio may be directed to Allison Gallaher or Jessica Grim.



  • iPads are intended primarily for use by Oberlin College students, faculty, and staff.
  • A valid ID card is required for check-out.

Time Limits & Availability

  • iPads may be checked out from the circulation desk from opening until ½ hour before the library closes.
  • The loan period is 3 days.  The iPad is due before midnight or closing (whichever is earlier) on the day it is due. It may not be returned to the bookdrop.
  • iPads are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • During busy periods, we ask users to wait 30 minutes before renewing or borrowing another iPad.

Fines & Liability

Borrowers are expected to return iPads in good working order and on time. Please report any problems you have immediately to the circulation staff. We urge you to check before you leave the desk area to confirm that the iPad is working. We will bill you for repair charges if the item is returned damaged.

  • Overdue fines are $10/day for the iPad and $10/day for the charger/USB cable.
  • Borrowers will be billed $750 immediately for the replacement cost of a lost or stolen iPad.


1. What happens if I buy apps?

They will be charged to your iTunes account and left on the iPad you were using. They will later be deleted from that iPad by subsequent users or library staff during maintenance. If you think there are apps we should have on the iPad, let us know!


2.  How do I sign out of my iTunes account?

Settings/Store/Select your username/Sign Out



Last updated:
June 4, 2014