The Tuscarawas County Public Library System has added 15 iPads to its list of free technology available to check out to use at home. Each iPad comes in a protective case with a charging cable and power adapter and may be checked out at the Main Library and its four branches for two weeks.

“The iPads are pre-loaded with a selection of Library apps that allow customers to access the Library’s digital materials,” said Support Services Manager Cara Randall. “Customers who may not have a device of their own can check out an iPad to read eBooks and magazines, search the Internet, watch a movie or children’s television program, or get homework or job search help through a Library app.”

The Library was approved earlier in the year for reimbursement from the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund for the cost of the iPads, as well as other technology including Wi-Fi hotspots. The ECF helps libraries and schools provide the tools and services to support remote learning since the COVID-19 emergency period.

For those who have never used a tablet or iPad, they can schedule a 30-minute Book-A-Librarian session or register to attend an IOS Basics class. Those who would like to reserve an iPad or other technology item can find them in the library catalog under Library of Things at or by calling their nearest TCPL location at Main (330-364-4474), Bolivar (330-874-2720), Strasburg (330-878-5711), Sugarcreek (330-852-2813), or Tuscarawas (740-922-2748).