Re: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos

Gary Handman (
Tue, 9 Nov 2004 11:41:22 -0800 (PST)

Do you charge "a small borrowing fee" for the books in your library? I
don't quite get it, unless there's (gasp) some kind of lingering media
bias going on. Let's face it: there's no excuse. Video/DVD is usually
as cheap, if not cheaper, to buy and replace than books. Doesn't cost
more to process or to circulate... What's the rationale?

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

"You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld

On Tue, 9 Nov 2004, Sarah Beasley wrote:

> 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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