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iPad Checkout and Apps

Who is eligible to use this service?

  • All current registered patrons of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library with a valid ID.

What is the loan period?

  • iPads are restricted to library use only.
  • iPads may be checked out for 4 hours at a time.
  • iPads may be renewed provided not all iPads are checked out and no one is waiting.

Where can I borrow an iPad?

What Apple apps are available on the iPads?

  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • iTunes
  • iTunesU
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Messages
  • Music
  • Newstand- with limited access to the New York Times
  • Notes
  • PhotoBooth
  • Photos
  • Reminders
  • Safari
  • Settings
  • Videos

What other apps are available on the iPads?

  • 3D Brain - an app by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory that allows you to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures and provides information about various subjects relating to each structure.
  • AIDS Info Glossary - an app by National Library of Medicine that provides definitions to more than 700 HIV/AIDS related terms in both English and Spanish.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention - an app by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which allows access to health articles, "disease of the week," and current updates regarding health concerns.
  • Embryo - an app by the National Library of Medicine which provides access to a database called "Virtual Human Embryo" that includes digital images and micrographs of embryo development and a pregnancy calculator.
  • Evernote - an app that allows you to create, edit, organize, sync, and share notes across devices.
  • Eye Chart Pro - an app by Dok LLC which is a randomizable visual acuity exam right on the iPad.
  • Flipboard - "The news you want, all in one place." This app is a personal news magazine where you can choose what topics your interested and view news that relates to them.
  • Game Center - Apple's social gaming network which provides access to multiple game apps and keeps track of features such as highest scores.
  • Go PubMed - provides access to PubMed.
  • Health Hotlines for the National Library of Medicine - a directory of almost 9,000 biomedical organizations and resources with toll-free numbers, derived from the National Library of Medicine's Directory of Information Resources Online.
  • Hoot Suite - an app which allows your manage your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Foursquare accounts all in one.
  • LactMed at NIH - an app by National Library of Medicine providing access to TOXNET, a database of drugs and dietary supplements that may affect breastfeeding.
  • Lieberman's iRadiology - provides access to over 500 radiology cases which allow scrolling and zooming of the images.
  • MedScape - an app by WebMD for health care professionals which provides both news and access to MEDLINE.
  • Micromedex Drug Information - an app by Truven Health Analytics Inc. provides access to comprehensive drug information for over 4500 search terms.
  • Micromedex Drug Interactions - an app by Truven Health Analytics Inc. which allows clinicians to view an entire medication list simultaneously for potentially harmful interactions between drugs.
  • Mobile REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management) - an app by National Library of Medicine which provides information regarding diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury.
  • Native Voices at NIH - an app by National Library of Medicine for the exhibit at the National Library of Medicine "Native Voices: Native Concepts of Health and Illness."
  • PubMed on Tap Lite - an app by ReferencesOnTap which allows you search PubMed and PubMed Central simultaneously.
  • QBank USMLE - an app by USMLEWorld, LLC which allows you to customize and create tests to fit your study preferences.
  • ReUnite at NIH - an app by National Library of Medicine for uploading missing and found person information to aid in the reunification of families in post-disaster situations.
  • Skype - an app by Skype Communications which allows you to instant message, voice or video call on Skype for free.
  • Skyscape- Dynamed - an app by Skyscape which allows you to load more than 600 packages of medical resources. This app is the platform for Dynamed. In order to access Dynamed on your personal mobile device, see the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4 for a serial number.
  • SlideShark - an app by Brainshark, Inc. for viewing and sharing PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Visual Dx Mobile - an app by Logical Images with thousands of medical images to help health care professionals identify dermatologic and other visual conditions.
  • Wall Street Journal - an app that allows you to access the Wall Street Journal right on the iPad.
  • WISER at NIH - (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) an app by National Library of Medicine designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents.

Borrowing policies

  • Users must read and sign the Equipment Borrowing Agreement.
  • A library patron must present a valid picture ID to borrow an iPad or accessories.
  • Only one iPad per person may be checked out at a time.
  • The checkout period is 4 hours.
  • iPads and/or accessories can be renewed multiple times per day provided not all the iPads or accessories have been checked out.
  • The library staff will not hold borrowed equipment for patrons who wish to leave the building.
  • Equipment must be returned to the 4th floor Library Service Desk.
  • Equipment must be returned 4 hours after checkout or a half hour before library closing.
  • Equipment can only be used in the Sackler Building.
  • No iPads or accessories will be loaned one hour before closing.

Conditions of use

  • Never leave the iPad unattended!
  • Handle the equipment carefully.
  • Equipment borrowers assume full responsibility for damage, loss or theft. If damage occurs to the equipment, charges for repair or replacement will be imposed.
  • In case of emergency evacuation, please take the equipment with you and return it to the Library Service Desk when the building is safe to reenter.
  • Users must adhere to all University Policies ( and must not violate any Digital Copyright Laws.
  • The installation of file sharing software is not allowed. Users who cause a borrowed laptop to be restricted from the Tufts Network may be denied future borrowing privileges and will be reported to their school.
  • Tufts University is not responsible for any files left on the iPad or for loss or damage of the user's files during the loan period. Any files saved on the iPad are automatically removed when the iPad is restarted and cannot be recovered.
  • All equipment will be assumed lost if not returned by closing on the day borrowed.
  • The borrower may be fined by loss of borrowing privileges for an overdue iPad.
  • The borrower will be charged for damage or the replacement of the iPad or accessories.

Overdue Penalty

Any infractions of the borrowing policies and conditions of use will result in the temporary suspension of borrowing and renewing privileges:

  • 1st offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted 24 hours after item is returned
  • 2nd offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one week (7 days) after return
  • 3rd offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one month after return and notification to the dean
  • 4th offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one semester after return

Loss or Damage Penalities

  • The borrower will be charged for damage or the replacement of the iPad or accessories.