If you are a resident of West Des Moines or Windsor Heights (a community with which we contract for library service), are 18 years old or older and have been a cardholder at the West Des Moines Public Library for at least 30 days, you can come in and check out an Apple iPad. There are some rules to get familiar with and an agreement to sign and you have to let us see your identification, but we think it’s a pretty efficient process, all in all.

iPads check out for 7 days.

Here are the guidelines for the program:

  • Only West Des Moines Residents who are library cardholders in good standing may borrow an iPad. “Cardholder” is defined as a resident having a library card for a minimum of 30 days. “Good standing” is defined as a library card account and any custodial children/guardians’ accounts having fines and fees of less than $5.00.
  • The cardholder must be 18 years of age or older to check out an iPad.
  • The cardholder must present his/her actual library card in order to check out an iPad.
  •  In addition, a photo ID will be required. The ID can be a Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID, Student ID and/or Passport photo which contain the cardholder’s name and an identifiable photo. If the address on the photo ID and the address on record with the library do not match, patrons must provide a piece of recent mail with the correct address on it for verification purposes.
  • Only one iPad per household may be checked out at any given time.
  •  iPads can be checked out at the Reference Desk at the top of the main stairwell at the time the library opens.
  • External use iPad loan periods are for up to 7 calendar days and are not renewable. Overdue fees will be charged for iPads not returned by their due date in the amount of $10.00 per day. Maximum fine is $100.00.
  • Be careful with the iPad. Keep it safe from water and other liquids and take care not to drop it. Avoid exposing the iPad to extreme temperatures such as leaving it in your car in winter or in the summer’s heat.
  • iPads must be returned to library staff at the Reference Desk no later than 1 hour before the library closes. The cardholder must remain at Reference until all equipment has been checked to ensure that all pieces are accounted for, checked in and cleared from the cardholder’s card, and the Borrower Agreement is signed and dated signifying a proper return.
  •  iPads may not be placed in any book return at any time for any reason. A fee of $25.00, in addition to any other accumulated fees or fines, will be charged for this type of return.
  • An overdue notice will be sent when an iPad is 2 days past its due date; another overdue notice sent 5 days past an iPad’s due date and a BILL STATEMENT will be sent 7 days past the due date. If an iPad is not returned within 3 days from the date of the BILL STATEMENT, the full replacement cost will be added to the cardholder’s library record and no return is possible. The iPad Borrowing Agreement must be completed with each checkout, acknowledging financial responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged equipment.
  • Patrons will be held responsible for all applicable replacement costs and processing fees, up to $1,020.00 for the iPad and/or accessories if lost, stolen or damaged while checked out. The library will not accept replacement iPads or accessories purchased by the customer. The minimum replacement cost of an iPad is $400.00.

For more information, call the Reference Desk at 515-222-3403.

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The iPads were paid for by grants from the Prairie Meadows Foundation and the Friends of the West Des Moines Public Library.