Tablet Lending Program

 
In November 2013, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) launched a free tablet lending program for Brooklyn’s children, adults and educators. Thanks to a generous donation by Google, the State of New York and The Fund for Public Schools, 1,000 Google Nexus 7 tablets will be available for use by our patrons and in our public programs. Each tablet will be loaded with applications that promote education and literacy, including BPL’s mobile application for our catalog, OverDrive Media Console, 3M Cloud Library, Project Gutenberg, the English Language Dictionary, language learning apps, research based apps, Google Play & Magazine, Goodreads, IReadItNow, and current affairs apps. In the future, BPL will include applications by New York City-based technology firms. The Tablet Lending Program aligns with many of BPL’s strategic goals, including improving access to information, increasing digital literacy and supporting Brooklyn’s creative community. 
 
Patrons will be able to borrow these tablets from several locations across the borough. Neighborhoods impacted by Superstorm Sandy will be the first to gain access to this new program. You can borrow tablets for two weeks at a time, with up to three renewals. Tablets are available at our Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook and Sheepshead Bay Libraries. These tablets are also helping BPL infuse many of our successful programs, including Homework Help, class visits and after school programs, with a rich multimedia and research experience. 
 
Tablet Loan Agreement
 
General Guidelines
 
Below are the terms for borrowing a Brooklyn Public Library tablet.
 
•You are responsible for all materials associated with the tablet loan and will pay for any damages if it’s lost or stolen. These materials include: 
Tablet 
Tablet case 
Charger 
Travel pouch
 
If the Tablet or related equipment is not returned, your account will be blocked and you will be charged a replacement fee of $200.
If you are age 13 or under, your parent/guardian has to agree to be held responsible for any lost or damaged materials associated with the tablet loan.
The tablet has to be returned to the same location that you borrowed it from.
The tablet has to be returned to a staff member not to a book drop or self-check kiosk. 
You will not use the tablet for illegal activities and will follow all library policies.
Age 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with a valid library card and acceptable I.D.
 
Lending Policy
 
Eligibility: Valid BPL Library Card and acceptable I.D.
Loan Periods: 2 Weeks
Check-in Tablet must be returned to the location from which it was borrowed and returned to a staff member (no book drop returns)
Borrowing Limit: 1 Per person
Renewals: 3
Holds No
Late Charges: $1/day 
Lost/Replacement If the Tablet is 28 days overdue, the account will be blocked and a replacement fee of $272 will be charged
 
Tablet FAQs / What you need to know
   
How can I get a Tablet? You must have a valid library card and State I.D. Fines must be under the threshold of $15. A child, 13years or younger must be accompanied by parent/guardian with a valid library card and State I.D.
How many can I check out at a time 1
How long may I have a tablet? 2 weeks
What if I break or lose my tablet? Lost/ replacement fee is $200 per Tablet
My loan period has expired and I have not had the opportunity to return my tablet… If the Tablet is not returned by the end of the loan period, the Tablet will incur an extended use fee of $1.00/day up to the maximum amount of $7.00 in which your account will be blocked.  After 28 days your account will be charged a replacement fee of $200.
What if I break or lose any equipment associated with the Tablet?

Lost/replacement fee for associated tablet equipment are as follows
Protective Case- $25
Travel Pouch- $12
Charger- $35

 
Can I renew my tablet? Yes, your tablet can be renewed 3 times for a total of 8 weeks on loan
Can I put a hold on a tablet? Unfortunately, you DO NOT have the option to place a hold on a Tablet
Tablet features… 7" display, .64lbs (290g), Slim Body, a thin bezel and a matte back. The Nexus 7 is light enough to fit easily in bags, backpacks and back pockets. This device has up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading. With this tool you can charge, grab and go.
What apps are included? Each tablet will be loaded with applications that promote education and literacy such as BPL’s mobile application for our catalog, Google Play & Magazine, Goodreads, Brooklyn Museum Mobile, Celebrate Brooklyn, Pandora, Google Play Music, Tourist Language learn and speak, 50 Languages, WebMD, Equal Eyes, ebrary, Ebsco Host, Smithsonian, New York Historical Society Museum & Library, Free English Dictionary and many more. Please note that internet access may be required to utilize certain apps
Can I download more apps? The tablets are pre-loaded with a variety of applications. If you find that the existing applications are not satisfactory, you have the capability of downloading additional apps
Do I need to have a Google account? To use the device as you receive it from the library does NOT require you to have a Google account. However, to personalize the device by adding apps, music and other content, a Google account is required
How were the apps chosen? The tablet applications were selected to best relate to BPL's mission and align with its strategic goals.  
Can I have my app featured on the BPL tablets? Contact Strategy@bklynlibrary.org
I want to return my tablet to a different branch than it was checked out at… Sorry, tablets MUST be returned to the branch from which it was borrowed and returned to a staff member. Tablets CANNOT be placed in a book drop or checked in at a self-check machine.
The page I'm searching for says blocked or page not found… To ensure the safety of children, the devices have CIPA compliant filtering enabled. Although, you will surely be able to access the web. Consider broadening your search keywords.
What happens when I return my tablet? Staff is instructed to conduct an inventory of the tablet upon return. Staff will check for the presence and condition of all pieces associated with the tablet. The tablet management system that is loaded to each of our Tablets, allows us to wipe clean all data and information unrelated to what was provided by BPL. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Links

Overdrive how-to:
http://www.overdrive.com/help-videos/#android

BPL Google Nexus 7 Instructional Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkrEsXhZv7w&feature=c4-overview&list=UUy9yye6pGix5QuuhnPDhbSw