Why is the Jack C. Taylor Library at Fontbonne University lending tablets?
The primary purpose is to provide a way for Fontbonne students, faculty, and staff to interact with emerging book and information technologies.
How do I reserve a particular device?
To request a specific tablet, stop by the front desk or go to the library’s online catalog and do a keyword search for the device you’d like and request that item. We’ll send an email when your choice is available for pick-up at the circulation desk.
Can I check out an device without any content on it?
All tablets come pre-loaded with selected content. If you need a blank one, please check with library circulation staff and we’ll de-register and clear the device.
Can I request to download the library's eBooks on my personal device?
We cannot put our eBooks on your personal device(s) because of publisher licensing restrictions. Many titles, however, can be checked out through OverDrive.
What about my personal data (logins, passwords, photos, etc.)?
Part of our check-in procedure includes removing this kind of data by wiping each device and restoring it to its original state. Mistakes happen, however, so we recommend that you make an effort to delete anything you don't want to share before returning it to the desk. The Library cannot be responsible for anything left on its equipment.
Will the library consider acquiring more and/or other types of devices in the future?
Circulation statistics and ongoing costs will be monitored to determine how effective and useful circulation is and to determine if more tablets or other models should be tested by the library.
Does the library plan to replace print books with eBook titles?
No, we recognize that many people prefer print books to electronic titles. In addition, eBook formats are currently in flux, and our priority is to ensure that titles purchased will be available long-term. The library will still build its print collections in addition to purchasing high-demand titles for the eBook collections.