iPad & Tablet Kiosks for Libraries

iPad & Tablet Kiosks for Libraries

Eliminate lines and delight visitors with self-service options to access library resources, promote events, provide training, and more.

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Eliminate lines and delight visitors with self-service options to access library resources, promote events, provide training, and more.

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Libraries are striving to meet the technology needs of their communities while facing challenges including the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing budget cuts.

In the most recent American Library Association Funding and Technology Access Study, over 65 percent of public libraries reported that they have an insufficient number of public computers to meet demand some or all of the time [1]. iPad and other tablet kiosks can help bridge that gap in a cost-effective way.

Tablet kiosks can also handle routine requests quickly and efficiently, offloading everyday tasks including library card applications, catalog searches, purchase requests, and checkout to free library staff for more meaningful, value-added interactions.

Self-service kiosks can make library services accessible to a wider range of visitors by offering services in multiple languages and/or formats.

At Kiosk Group, we understand that there are tough requirements for self-service solutions in public libraries, which is why we offer the highest-quality tablet kiosk hardware and software.

Speak to one of our kiosk experts to discuss the needs of your project today or learn more below.

We can cover your entire kiosk with graphics. Provide a keyboard for accessible typing. We offer custom powdercoating in any color. We offer styluses for easy signature capture. Add a graphic panel to encourage visitors to use your kiosk.

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Make life easier for library users and staff
with these common use cases for self-service in libraries

Library Card Application & Account Access

Allow library patrons to apply for a new library card digitally, reducing paperwork and data entry for staff members. Patrons can also access their account to check which books they currently have checked out and when they are due.

Catalog Search & Stack Mapping

Access online catalogs of library resources and provide wayfinding to help patrons find the items they are looking for in your stacks.

Self Checkout

Allow patrons to check out materials quickly and easily on their own.

Purchase Requests & Interlibrary Loan

Accept requests for new materials and transfer requests for interlibrary loan items digitally.

Internet Access

Over 70 percent of libraries report that they are the only provider of free public Internet and public computer access in their communities. iPad and other tablet kiosks provide a secure, cost-effective option for offering internet access to patrons, including assistance with employment and government services.

Technology Training

Provide on-demand access to video content and online training hubs to extend access to technology training without putting additional strain on existing staff.

Room & Computer Reservations

Maximize the use of shared spaces and equipment using tablet kiosks. Easily see which spaces are currently reserved or occupied and schedule future reservations on location.

Reading Program Tracking

Encourage participation and allow visitors to track their progress in summer and year-round reading programs.

Surveys

Request feedback and better understand the needs of your community through digital surveys.

Document Scanning & Printing

Provide accessible, self-service document scanning and printing services for patrons through a tablet kiosk.

Event Promotion & Registration

More than ever, libraries are serving as hubs, bringing together visitors to build and maintain strong community connections through events and other programming. A kiosk-based events calendar can make these efforts more visible, increasing overall participation.

Meet Kiosk Pro

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Many of the use cases outlined above can be implemented using existing web-based applications and content, including library websites, online catalog systems, and scheduling systems.

Kiosk Pro, a secure browser designed for public use, allows you to easily set up and lock down an iPad to the content of your choice while preventing unrestricted internet access and protecting visitors' personal information. Features include:

  • Define where visitors can go - Specify what’s off-limits on the web by setting up a list of allowed domains and addresses.
  • Control what's displayed - Hide status, address, and/or navigation bars to make your content look like a native app.
  • Return to your homepage - If someone is using the iPad and walks away, Kiosk Pro will return to your preset homepage after a set period of inactivity.

With easy-to-configure settings and options for remote updates and management, Kiosk Pro is a powerful tool for creating and managing iPad kiosks in the field.

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No two kiosk projects are the same, so in addition to our standard product offerings, we also offer a range of optional development and support services, including:

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