Re: Checkout Times for Media Materials

R. Hertzler (
Fri, 5 May 2000 14:38:50 -0700 (PDT)


We've been circulating all videos and DVDs on a 3-day loan (with 2 renewal
options) for the past year, and this period actually works pretty
well . . . better terms than the average video store, but not *too*
long. We maintain Media Reserves within the Media Center itself, as
opposed to print reserves downstairs at the Circulation/Reserve
desk. We've never really felt that the number of items on reserve is a
problem, however. I'm curious why your Reserves department wants to
explore measures to reduce media reserve items. In my mind, putting a
tape or DVD on reserve potentiates *more* access (or at least access by
more patrons) to an item. At least, I think that's the concept behind

Randy Hertzler
Reference Librarian
Media Services Coordinator
Odegaard Undergraduate Library
University of Washington, Seattle

On Fri, 5 May 2000, Rosalind Tedford wrote:

> Excuse any Cross-Posting Duplications!
> We are looking closely at our department policies this summer and it was
> suggested by our Reserves department that shorter check-out period might
> decrease the number of items our faculty feel compelled to place on
> reserve. We currently allow 3-day checkout for our materials
> (VHS/Laserdiscs/DVDs) but this length was determined by limitations of
> our old OPAC. We now have a more flexible system and could set almost
> any length we want.
> I'm curious to see what other libraries/media centers are using as a
> check-out period for their materials and the rationale behind the
> policies. Respond to me and I'll summarize for the list if there is
> interest.
> Thanks in advance!
> Roz Tedford
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