Philadephia libraries now have iPad vending machines

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Over recent years, vending machines have shed their reputation as dispensers of sugary drinks and snacks: we have seen them used to provide a huge variety of products on-demand, from fresh salads to electric cars to 25c crack pipes. Now, at Drexel University, in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, they are being used to loan iPads to students and local residents. The University had previously run a similar scheme, hiring out MacBooks for 24-hour student use, but now their library kiosks have been updated to enable users to take out and return iPads pre-equipped with useful apps, for…

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