RE: [Videolib] borrowing fees for videos

LeeAnne Krause (
Wed, 10 Nov 2004 09:13:58 -0500

My last word on the topic:

While I do, as a manager and film selector, see the benefit to charging
a small fee and thereby having a larger purchasing budget, I think we
miss the whole point of a public library when we charge fees. Most
mainline feature videos are not that expensive for you or me to buy. If
I suddenly developed a deep affection for Charlie's Angels: Full
Throttle, I'd buy it myself instead of driving across down to check out
a used one with bad tracking. But a lot of people can't afford to plunk
down that $18 at To them, that's grocery money. Economic
bad times are hurting everyone, not just libraries. The whole POINT of
public libraries is to give people free access to materials through tax
redistributive policies. If your library is hurting so badly fiscally
that you can't afford to keep your materials budget in tact, then so be
it. I guarantee you, your average single mother customer would rather
bring her 3 kids there to choose from a smaller selection of free
videos, than have to fork over $3, $6, $9 every time she visits your

Off the soapbox, and on to more pressing matters. We've had a theft

LeeAnne L. Krause, Manager
Educational Films Collection
University of South Carolina

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