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iPads at Lauinger Library: Overview


Want to see a new app added to our iPads? 

Have suggestions or comments about the lending program?

Please fill out our brief survey.

Reserving and Borrowing iPads

The Gelardin New Media Center's primary goal for our iPad lending pilot is to recommend mobile apps that increase productivity, foster creativity, improve teaching and facilitate the research process.

Any Georgetown faculty, student or staff with a valid GoCard can now borrow an iPad from the Gelardin New Media Center in Lauinger Library for a loan period of one week.  

Note: There is a 28-day checkout limit per semester.

What's in the iPad Kit?
We have various iPad kits which include either the 2nd generation, 3rd generation, 4th generation, or iPad Air. Each kit includes an iPad, Otterbox casing, and a charger.

Reserving an iPad
To reserve an iPad, call 202-687-7410 or email  Please tell us when you would like to pick it up (the day and time) when we are open.  Based on availability, we will confirm the reservation by email.

Borrowing an iPad

iPads are available for checkout from the Gelardin New Media Center Service Desk (1st floor) Lauinger Library on a first-come, first-served basis and may be borrowed for up to 2 weeks.  To borrow an iPad, you must have a valid GoCard.  

You are responsible for loss, theft, or damage to the iPad and accessories.  The iPad must be returned to the New Media Center Service Desk during the hours we are open. 

Using Pre-installed Apps

The Gelardin New Media Center has installed and grouped applications on this iPad. Just tap on any “app” group and app you wish to use.

Updating Pre-installed Apps
You will not be able to update an app already installed on the iPad.  If an update is necessary, come back to the Gelardin New Media Center for assistance.

Installing New Apps
You will need to have an Apple ID to install new apps.

    • If you already have an Apple ID, go to the Apple Store to select apps to install. Once you’ve selected an app, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password.
    • If you do not have an Apple ID, you can create one at, or just select an app through the Apple Store, where you will be given the option to create an account.
    • Any apps you purchase will be still be available to you through your Apple account after you return the ipad, and you can reinstall them on another device.

Want to see a new app added to our iPads?
Please fill out our brief survey to recommend a preinstalled app!

Erasing Content
Before returning this iPad, you will need to delete content that you’ve downloaded or synced. To do so, use the following steps.

    • The first step to reset your iPad is to go into the iPad's settings. This is the icon that looks like gears.
    • On the left-hand side of the settings, choose the General settings and scroll down the page until you see "Reset." This is the last option in the general settings.
    • Now choose Erase All Content and Settings. This protects you by making sure all data is off the iPad, which includes information for your iTunes account.
    • Once you have chosen to erase the content and settings from your iPad, you will need to confirm your selection twice. Because this will set your iPad back to the factory default, Apple wants to double check your choice.
    • After confirming your choice, the process of erasing the data on your iPad begins. The entire process takes a couple minutes, and during the process, the Apple logo will appear in the middle of the screen. Once it is done, a graphic asking to be plugged into iTunes will appear. At this point, the data on the iPad is erased and the iPad is at the factory default.

Adding and Removing Apple ID

  • The first step to “signing in” with your Apple ID is to go to Settings (this icon looks like gears), then select Store. Now select Sign In. At this point you will be given the following options: Use Existing Apple ID, Create New Apple ID, or iForgot. Select the appropriate option.
  • To sign out of your account, go to Settings, Store, Apple ID:,  Sign Out.

Fines and Fees 

Late return of iPads is $5.00 per HOUR. There has been an extremely positive response to the iPad loans resulting in back-to-back reservations several months into the future.  For this reason, we need to get iPads back when they are due so that other users are not inconvenienced. 

 Users will be assessed a fine equal to the replacement cost if the iPad is lost, stolen, or not returned. Damage charges will be assessed based on the actual repair cost. 

User Group Application

The iPad user group meets regularly to assess iPad use on campus. You can apply to the user group by clicking here.

App descriptions come from the App Store and with permission from MIT's iPad LibGuide.