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Published on Dec 2, 2013
In November 2013, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) launched a free tablet lending program for Brooklyn's children, adults and educators. Thanks to a generous donation by Google, the State of New York and The Fund for Public Schools, 1,000 Google Nexus 7 tablets will be available for use by our patrons and in our public programs. Each tablet will be loaded with applications that promote education and literacy, including BPL's mobile application for our catalog, OverDrive Media Console, 3M Cloud Library, Project Gutenberg, the English Language Dictionary, language learning apps, research based apps, Google Play & Magazine, Goodreads, IReadItNow, and current affairs apps. In the future, BPL will include applications by New York City-based technology firms. The Tablet Lending Program aligns with many of BPL's strategic goals, including improving access to information, increasing digital literacy and supporting Brooklyn's creative community.
Patrons will be able to borrow these tablets from several locations across the borough. Neighborhoods impacted by Superstorm Sandy will be the first to gain access to this new program. As of November 4th, patrons at our Coney Island Library were able to borrow tablets for two weeks at a time. By the end of the year, this program will be extended to our Red Hook, Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay Libraries. Additionally, these tablets will help BPL infuse many of our successful programs, including Homework Help, class visits and after school programs, with a rich multimedia and research experience.