RE: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos

Eileen Simmons (
Tue, 9 Nov 2004 11:11:25 -0800

I work in a public library, and we don't charge fees for any media. I am
philosophically opposed to public libraries charging for media. I've never
seen a library decide to charge for books because the materials budget had
been cut, and I don't think they should do it for media.

Eileen Simmons
Everett Public Library
Everett, WA

-----Original Message-----
From: Fersenheim, Tania []
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 10:04 AM
Subject: RE: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos

I don't work at a public library, but I use my local public library a

They charge a $2 fee for all DVDs, but VHS is free.
They instituted the fee after budget cuts; previously borrowing DVDs was

They stated that their reason for charging for DVDs was to enable them
to buy more DVDs for the collection, since the budget cuts had reduced
their media budget.

I'm not sure if they have a written policy or not, but I will ask.

I am personally more than happy to pay the $2 fee, since they take
better care of their DVDs than my local video store does.


Tania Hewes Fersenheim

Technical Services & Systems Librarian
New England College of Optometry
424 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02115

617-236-6293 FAX

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of
> Sarah Beasley
> Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 11:52 AM
> To:
> Subject: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos
> Hi All,
> I am sure this topic has been discussed before, but I
> couldn't find anything in the archives.
> We are beginning a discussion about the possibility of
> charging a small borrowing fee for feature films. I'm
> interested in hearing from other public libraries that charge
> for videos. How much do you charge? Do you charge for
> everything in the collection? If not, what do you charge for
> and how do you define what falls into that category? If you
> have a written statement/policy that you are willing to
> share, I'd love to see a copy.
> Thanks!
> Sarah Beasley
> Manager, Film and Audio Department
> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
> 4400 Forbes Avenue
> Pittsburgh, PA 15213
> 412.622.1918
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