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Let’s face the facts: we pay a fortune every year to attend this university. That’s why I’m here to show you how you can get the most bang for your buck and take advantage of USF’s technological resources at the library. Anyone with a library card can borrow some pretty cool gadgets and, in the near future, even games.

Amazon Kindle
E-book readers are the next huge thing and the library has one now! Of course, borrowing the Kindle is free and you can hold onto it for a maximum of five days. The Kindle comes pre-loaded with more than 20 books, including the books that the library uses for its Book of the Month Club. E-book readers use a cutting edge display technology known as e-ink that is supposed to mimic the look of a traditional book. This provides a more natural reading experience by putting less stress on eyes for long stretches of time than the LCD screens of most computing devices. If there is a positive response, they plan on adding more devices to the roster.

Apple iPad
iPads are the next huge thing and the library has three! Starting Oct. 1, you’ll be able to borrow one of three iPads from the library. The same rules as for the Kindle apply. Nevertheless, you can use your iPad as a personal computing device to browse the Internet, read books, listen to music, create documents and more. Just note that any files you put on the device will be erased after you return it, so don’t leave any important documents on there without making sure you have them saved somewhere else!

Laptops
Did you know you can borrow laptops for use within the library? It’s not highly advertised, but it’s true! Just go to the Access Services Desk. You can’t leave the library with it though, and the longest you can borrow it for is four hours.

Video Games
That’s right, video games are coming to Gleeson Library! It’s still a work in progress though, so consider this a sneak peek. Shawn Calhoun, the head of Access Services and Facilities at the library, is working hard to create a system that allows any USF student to borrow video games. Naturally, the service will be free, and it’s expected to feature games from all three of the current home systems. To name a few off the list, you can expect to find games like Mass Effect 2, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Street Fighter IV, Final Fantasy XIII, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Halo: Reach and Madden 2011 available for borrowing. As for how long you can hold onto these games, a specific time limit hasn’t been ironed out yet, but you’ll most likely be able to borrow a game for two weeks. If everything goes as planned, you can expect to find video games in the library before the semester is over.

Feel free to show your support in person at the library’s Circulation Desk or online on Gleeson Library’s Twitter page (@gleesonlibrary) and Facebook page.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Scene Editor: Tamar Kuyumjian

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