Library Tablets

Tablets in the Library

Tablets are receiving enormous attention from public libraries as more and more libraries incorporate them into the services they offer. Below you will find several area libraries that circulate tablets in-house, that mount tablets for use in the department, and that use tablets in storytimes. Questions? Feel free to email illapsitleaders (at) and we can connect you with the right person.

Lincolnwood Public Library

  • One iPad housed at YTS desk, can be checked out for two hours at a time.
  • Promoted as Early Literacy iPad, loaded with apps that all tie to the Early Literacy pillars; read, write, talk, sing, play.
  • Replaced AWE Stations.
  • Considering adding additional as popularity increases.


  • Funded by Friends/launched in April 2013
  • Currently have 2 iPads, mounted on adjustable arms, in Children’s area, next to AWE
  • Promoted as early literacy activity for preschooler/parent
  • Loaded with early literacy apps only; may add more for elementary school age
  • Very popular and in almost constant use by kids of all ages
  • Considering adding more to checkout for use within library only


  • The coordinator has written an extensive blog post about the set-up of iPads at her library. You can read more on her blog, Library Bonanza.

Lake Villa

  • Osmo gaming system for the ipad. We own the Tangram  and Words games and leave them out all the time with small trays to manage the small pieces.  There is a hole in the bottom of the base to  accommodate a charger so we never have to worry about charging them.   It’s been about a week and a half and they have been well received.   You can find information about the units, games and how to purchase one at

Morton Grove


  • Four iPads available for in-library use. Started with 2 in October 2011 and added 2 more in June 2013.
  • Patrons ask for them at the Children’s Reference Desk. Patrons must be 12 years or older and they get it for 30 minutes (longer if no one else is waiting).
  • Loaded with a variety of apps for kids ages 3-12, although they are most popular with preschoolers.
  • Hoping to eventually mount iPads in the Children’s Department so they don’t need to be checked out.
  • One additional iPad is available for staff programming use. We’ve started incorporating eBooks and apps into selected storytimes and other programs.

Vernon Area

  • Currently has iPads soon to be mounted in the picture book room, early reader room and some for use in programs
  • You can see the program iPads in action during storytimes at the LittleLiteracyLibrarian‘s blog

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