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iPad Guide

A guide to iPads and the library's iPad lending program.

What is an app?

An app is an application or program designed to work with iOS, the iPad's operating system.  All apps can only be added to the device through Apple's App Store, which is available as a pre-installed app on iOS devices and through iTunes on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

Since iOS runs on both the iPhone and iPad, there are apps that are built for each device and there are apps that are built to work on both devices.  Apps built only for the iPhone can be installed and run on the iPad, but they are sized for the iPhone.  While it is possible to make these apps fit the iPad screen, doing so makes the app appear fuzzy.

For the time being, the App Store fuctionality on library iPads is disabled.  However, the library has installed several apps we believe users will find useful.  These include apps for research, entertainment, music, news, productivity, and social networking.

If have suggestions for apps we should also include, please let us know using the Feedback Form.

Apps on the Library's iPads

Apps for Productivity
Icon App Name Description
inClass An app for note taking.
Duolingo An app for learning new languages.
Adobe PDF An app for reading and manipulating PDF files.
Photoshop Express A basic version of Adobe Photoshop.
Skitch An app for saving and editing images.
Doodle Buddy An app that lets you make drawings.
Blackboard Mobile An app to access Blackboard on the iPad.
Dragon Dictation An app that types what the user says.
AudioMemos An app that allows you to make voice recordings.
iTunes U An app that lets you access courses and content from participating schools.
TopNotes An app that lets you edit PDFs and take notes.
Notes A pre-installed app that works like a basic word processor.

Apps for News
Icon App Name Description
CNN CNN's official news app.
Wall Street Journal The app for the Wall Street Journal newspaper.
USA Today The app for the USA Today newspaper.
NPR National Public Radio's official app.
WCVB HD The app for the local ABC station.
7News The app for the local NBC station.
BBC News The official BBC News app.
CBS Boston The app for the local CBS station WBZ and its TV and radio affiliates.
Huffington Post The iPad app for the popular blog.

Apps for Research
Icon App Name Description
SpringerLink An app to view abstracts of articles published in Springer journals.
Codeacademy An app to practice coding.
Today's Doc An app to see a new National Archives document everyday.
Access my Library College An app that allows users to access the library's Gale databases such as Infotrac.
Dictionary An app to access ditionary.com.
Wikipedia The official Wikipedia app for iPad.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary An official app providing access to the Merrimam-Webster Dictionary.
The Law Guide An app that lets users reasearch law terms and concepts.

Apps for Social Networking
Icon App Name Description
Twitter Twitter's official iPad app.
Facebook Facebook's iOS app.  
Linkedin Linkedin's app.
Pinterest Pinterest's app.
Photos A pre-installed app for managing photos.
Skype Skype's app.
Facetime A pre-installed app that works like Skype on the iPad.

Apps for eBooks
Icon App Name Description
iBooks Apple's ebookstore app.
Overdrive An app that lets you check out ebooks owned by the library.

Bluefire

Reader

An app that lets you download and view ebrary ebooks owned by the library.
Kindle An app that gives you access to Amazon's popular Kindle ebook content.
Nook An app that gives you access to Barnes and Noble's popular ebook content.
Play Books An app that lets you access Google Booksearch and other Google Books content.

Apps for Music and Audio
Icon App Name Description
Pandora Official app of the popular internet radio service.
GarageBand An app that lets you simulate playing a musical instrument.
Podcasts An app that lets you download and listen to podcasts.
Spotify Official app of the popular internet radio service.
NML An app to access the Naxos Music Library.
I Heart Radio An app that lets users listen to radio stations from across the country.
Virtuoso Piano 3 An app that allows users to mimic playing the piano on the iPad.
Vevo An app that users search for and watch music videos.
TuneinRadio An app that lets users listen to radio stations all across the country.

Apps for Entertainment
Icon App Name Description
Angry Birds HD The original Angry Birds game app.
Angry Birds Rio HD A newer Angry Birds game app.
Angry Birds Season HD The latest Angry Birds game app.
Solitaire An app that lets users play Solitaire on the iPad.
Pac-Man Lite An app that mimics the original Pac-Man arcade game.
Spider Solitaire An app that lets users play Spider Solitaire.
Checkers HD An app that lets users play checkers on the iPad.
Ms. Pac-Man Lite An app that mimics the original Ms. Pac-Man arcade game.
Words HD Free A word game that can be played with friends.
Game Center A pre-installed app that lets users play games with friends.
Ironpants A game where you try to maneuver through mazes without hitting them.
Jetpack A game where you run and fly around.
Madden25 A football game.
Splashy Fish A game where you splash around the water while avoiding hitting things.
Temple Run 2 A game where you run around avoiding danger.
Ruzzle A word game where you compete against another player.
Angry Birds Go A racing game.

Apps for Video
Icon App Name Description
Watch ABC An app for watching shows that air on ABC.
Instant Video An app for watching Amazon Prime videos.  Personal account required.
HBO Go An app for watching shows and movies that air on HBO. Personal account required.
Hulu Plus An app for watching videos on Hulu.  Personal account required.
IMDB An app for researching movies, actors, and television shows.
Netflix An app for watching videos on Netflix. Personal account required.
YouTube An app for watching videos on YouTube.

Apps from Google
Icon App Name Description
Gmail An app to access your Gmail inbox.
Google Earth An app for accessing Google Earth.
Google Maps An app to get directions and view maps.
Google Drive An app to access your Google Drive account and stored files.
Google Search An app to search the web.
Google Translate An app to translate words and phrases into 80 languages.

Apps for Storage
Icon App Name Description
Evernote An app to store documents and notes to your Evernote account.
Dropbox An app to store documents and notes to your Dropbox account.

Apps for Weather
Icon App Name Description
Weather Channel An app to access the Weather Channel.
Yahoo Weather An app to access Yahoo weather.

Apps for Presentations
Icon App Name Description
Popplet Lite An app to make diagrams.
Prezi An app to view Prezi presentations.
SlideShark An app to broadcast your PowerPoint presentation to others.

MS Office
Icon App Name Description
Microsoft Word Microsoft Word for the iPad.
Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel for the iPad.
Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft PowerPoint for the iPad.

Other Apps Included
Icon App Name Description
Scan An app to scan QR codes.
Chemical Detectives An app to test your chemistry knowledge.

Library iPad Program

Usage Guides

iPad Information

App Resources

iPads in Education