Libraries Turning a Page; Lending out Apple iPads

Lubbock libraries are turning a page and moving towards technology with twelve Apple iPads now available for checkout.

Lubbock libraries are turning a page and moving towards technology with twelve Apple iPads now available for checkout.

"We have three iPads at each of our library locations Mahon, Godeke, Groves and Patteron," said library director Jane Clausen.

Once scanned, each tablet must remain in the library and has a check out time of three hours, plenty of time for Red Smith to explore his Facebook page.

"This is smooth," said Smith. "I like it."

Smith said the library’s new inventory will free up more computers.

"This right here it’s lightweight and it’s easy to handle," Smith said. "You get hooked to it and you don’t want to get off."

The tablets were donated two weeks ago by the Friends of the Library group to give those who visit something new and exciting.

Although books will always be available at the library, Clawson said technology continues to change the way people read.

"We still have people who like to read hard back books and those, we’ll always serve those people, but we’ve seen a huge increase in our e-books and our digital magazines," said Clawson. "That’s the way libraries are going."

To check out an Apple iPad you’ll need to show a library card.

To obtain a library card visit a Lubbock library with photo ID and a document proving your address.

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