Borrow an iPad, for reading at leisure
SINGAPORE, June 22 — Apart from borrowing books and DVDs, the public can now get their hands on iPads, TumbleBooks Playaways and Kindles as part of the National Library Board's (NLB) efforts to help bridge the digital divide among Singaporeans.
One hundred TumbleBooks Playaways, 100 iPads and five Kindles will be available for loan from today at Bedok Public Library.
Each iPad has 55 pre-loaded titles, while each TumbleBooks Playaway – hand-held devices pre-loaded with animated picture books from the TumbleBooks Library collection - has five to six pre-loaded titles. Each Kindle has 48 pre-loaded titles.
In addition, the iPads can be used to access the NLB's 2.2 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers.
Launching the eDevice loan service yesterday, Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan said: "Now with this eDevices loan service, visitors to the library, especially students from less well-off homes, will have access to more knowledge through the devices.
“It will benefit those who don't own such devices or can't afford one.”
Users who wish to borrow the devices must be a Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident, and those below 18 years old must have parental consent. Borrowers of the iPads are required to attend an hour-long introductory workshop to learn how to use it and how to access the NLB's eResources.
NLB CEO Elaine Ng said the NLB hopes to extend the service to other libraries. The NLB is also enhancing the wireless broadband service Wireless@SG at all libraries. — Today