iPads in the Music Library: Harmony or Dissonance?

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Loanable technology in libraries is not a new phenomenon and libraries have for many years made laptops and other items available to students and faculty for their research and class projects. However, tablets are a newer technology that presents new challenges for libraries wishing to loan them to patrons. This article explores the process by which one music and performing arts library implemented a loanable iPad program. Issues regarding setup, device control and management, applications, marketing, and circulation procedures, policies and problems are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-78
Number of pages18
JournalMusic Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015


  • academic libraries
  • library circulation
  • library loans
  • music libraries
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Library and Information Sciences


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