Fee vs. free videos

Penn, Jean (jpenn@ci.pasadena.ca.us)
Fri, 1 Mar 2002 17:39:32 -0800 (PST)

Hi. I am relatively new to my video librarian position at a medium-sized
public library, and in the process of figuring things out, I'm also shaking
up a little dust. We currently charge $1.50 per week for all videos, both
feature and documentary. I have been told that the money we get from rental
fees is the money we use to purchase new videos. (unconfirmed)

I'm trying to identify some libraries that have recently gone from fee to
free videos, or any variation on the theme, to ask some questions about the
process and the result, especially...did the circulation jump? were the
shelves bare? what were the problems?

Thanks for your help. Jean Penn