Re: videos on ILL

Charles Timberlake (
Tue, 21 Mar 2000 12:19:16 -0800 (PST)

We are a county library system and a member of a 5-county consortium. We
share most materials among the various library jurisdictions, but not
videos. The policy has been in place longer than I've been here. I think
it exists, because we would be a net lender to the other libraries and
because videos would not be available as readily to our own patrons.
Also, when patrons have returned videos to libraries outside our county,
sometimes the videos have "disappeared" in transit back to us.

Curiously, two of the jurisdictions also will not lend books-on-tape to
other libraries, though they do borrow them from other consortium members
for their own patrons. I'm trying to change that policy now. Next, I
think we do need to review the video loan policy. Other video collections
have grown considerably during the past few years, and we do have more
frequent deliveries of materials throughout the consortium.

Charles Timberlake,
Kern County Library
Bakersfield, CA