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Borrow a Tablet (iPad)

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Who can borrow a tablet?

All Concordia students (excluding Continuing Education students), faculty members and staff with no outstanding fines or liabilities of $5.00 or more may borrow a tablet.

A fine of $10 per day is imposed for the late return of a tablet. For more information, see the Policy on Overdue and Lost Material.

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When, where and for how long can I borrow a tablet?

Library iPad tablets are available during service hours at the Vanier Library Circulation Desk and the Webster Library Loans & Returns Desk.

Technology Sandbox Android tablets are available during Technology Sandbox service hours. To borrow, pick up a white "tech" card at the Webster Library Loans & Returns Desk first.

Tablets can be borrowed for 3 days. Renewals and reservations are not permitted.

Library iPad tablets must be returned, during service hours, in person at the same desk where they were borrowed. Technology Sandbox Android tablets must be returned to the Technology Sandbox.

You may leave the Library with a borrowed tablet. Many buildings on both campuses provide access to the Concordia wireless network.

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Who is responsible for damage or theft?

The person who checked out the tablet is responsible for returning the tablet in good condition. In case of damage, theft or loss, the user will be charged the cost of full replacement. Do not under any circumstances leave a tablet unattended.

If the tablet is not returned, damaged, or if parts are missing, sanctions will be applied in accordance with the Library's Policy on Overdue and Lost Material:

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Protecting personal information

When you return the Library iPad tablet to staff at the Circulation Desk, you will be asked to erase all content and settings with a staff member present. This will erase all personal content and ensure to staff that the device is not locked with a user’s personal login information. Returning a tablet that has been locked with personal login information will result a user being charged the replacement cost of the tablet; this cost will be waived if the user comes to unlock the device within a specified timeframe.

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How many, what kind, what is on them?

125 - 16GB Wi-Fi iPads are available for loan:

  • 30 at the Vanier Library
  • 95 at the Webster Library

All Library tablet loans include carry case and a 2-piece charge cord. All tablets come with selected applications. You are free to purchase and load applications from your own personal iTunes account.

For a list of suggested applications, please see our Mobile Apps web page.

5 Android tablets (NVIDIA Shields) are available through the Technology Sandbox.

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Applications installed on the tablets

Library iPad tablets have all built-in apps (Safari, Mail, iBooks, Photos, FaceTime, Maps, Messages, Calendar, Reminders, App Store, iTunes, etc.) plus the iWorks Suite of productivity apps (Pages - for word processing, Numbers - for spreadsheets, and Keynote - for presentations).

If you'd like to download more apps, such as Skype, you can go to Settings > Store > Sign Out, and sign in with your own Apple ID, which you can create (if you don't already have one) at: https://appleid.apple.com/account#!&page=create

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How do I log into the wireless network?

For information on how to log into the wireless network from a tablet, consult this guide: Concordia wireless network.

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How do I get help?

You are expected to be self-directed in your use of the tablet. It is assumed that you will be familiar with the iOS, iTunes and the Apps Store.

Hardware or software problems should be directed to the Circulation Desk/Loans & Returns Desk at either library.

Help with the use of Library resources is available at the Reference Desk/Ask Us Desk.

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How do I charge the tablet?

The Library iPad tablets are loaned with a power adapter and a USB charge cord.

PLEASE NOTE - Do not attempt to plug in a tablet with your own power adapter as this will damage the battery and the tablet.

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How do I print, save and email files?

Printing

You can use Concordia's WebPrint website to print pages from a web browser on library tablets.

Go to https://webprint.concordia.ca/ and log in using your MyConcordia netname.

Saving

When you return the tablet to the Circulation Desk/Loans & Returns Desk, with the assistance of a staff member, you will erase all content and settings. To keep your files, you will have to email them to yourself or use an online storage app such as Dropbox.

Also note that in each productivity app there is the option to email the document to yourself.

iWork examples (Pages, Keynote, Numbers):

Pages Keynote

Email

In order to email yourself the documents you have worked on, you will need to have your email set up on the tablet. You will find the email app (simply called Mail) in the Communications folder:

email

The app will ask you to identify your email service. Once selected, simply enter your name, email address, and password, then hit “Next”. It will take a minute or two and then you should be able to see your inbox.

email email
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Updated: Monday 5 August 2019
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