RE: [Videolib] video/DVD circulation policies

Bergman, Barbara J (
Thu, 28 Apr 2005 09:12:22 -0500

We have 3 day (really 3 nights, due on 4th day) checkout for all --
faculty, staff, students, community. (Interlibrary loan gets 3 weeks.)

Faculty can't be fined, so if they ask, we give them a week up front.
We decided that it was easier to set a uniform loan period so that when
asked "How long can I check this video out for?", one could simply say
"3 days" rather than having to do the "Are you faculty or a student?"
interrogation first.

One renewal allowed. Online or in person, (Library policy is no renewals
by phone).

Essentially no grace period (just an hour built in to give us time to
collect items returned overnight). Fines are $5 for first night, $1 per
day after. At one week overdue, they're billed $10 fine, $10 fee, $200
default replacement cost. When returned, they owe $20.

We pull booked videos a week in advance, so it usually prevents problems
with a video being out and then renewed during the dates needed. Since
we're waiting on Ex Libris' booking module, we're using a homegrown
database at the moment.

When I started here, the loan period was 1 day with a 3 day grace period
-- so everyone who had caught on kept the videos for 4 days. So,
changing to a 3-day loan with no grace period was really just a change
in semantics, but good PR.


Barb Bergman
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(507) 389-5945

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