The Harvard Library Access Services Unit has funded a pilot project to assess the interest in and use of e-readers by the Harvard community. Three Kindles and two Nooks are now available at Andover-Harvard and may be borrowed by all current Harvard faculty, students, staff, and anyone with borrowing privileges at the library. They are preloaded with fifty popular and new-release fiction and nonfiction titles.
Additional Kindles and Nooks are available at Lamont, Cabot, Countway, and the Harvard Kennedy School Library.
They circulate with a loan period of 28 days with up to five renewals permitted if there are no other holds or recalls on them. Fines for overdue and/or lost devices will be rigorously enforced. A device not returned on its due date would receive one day grace, and if not returned would immediately be charged to lost with a $100 replacement fee and a $10 processing fee.
Users are asked to fill out an online questionnaire that will ask for feedback on the e-reader and its content. The questionnaire will also give the user the option of providing his/her name and contact information to be part of a focus group later in the semester.