RE: [Videolib] DVD circulations before considering

Matthew Ballard (
Fri, 21 Oct 2005 08:27:14 -0400

IMO, the patron should only be charged for damage that was caused by
negligence on their part, and you can be reasonably certain it was
them. Charging because they simply happened to be the last person to
use it before it stopped working doesn't seem fair, as it would be
luck of the draw.

We would certainly charge if they broke the disc, but for normal
scratches that show up, we don't as it could have easily just been
scratch build up (and not noticed), and it just falls under normal
repair/replace costs (as it is true for books as well whose spines
fall apart over time, at least for us).

Matthew Ballard
Library Systems Specialist
Otis College of Art and Design Library

At 06:22 PM 10/20/2005, you wrote:
>I have a question that is not related to replacement, but in the case
>the item you have has so much wear and tear, should you charge the
>patron for finishing it off. I think everyone agrees to keep it in the
>system until it breaks, but when it breaks, do you charge the patron?
>My thoughts are the difference between an item dying a natural death
>(just old), versus one that was killed (damaged or destroyed by patron).
>At one point does an item become susceptible to old age, DVD, VHS ,
>Audio Cassette, Music/Audiobook on CD?
>Jeff Scott
>Library Manager
>Casa Grande Public Library
>449 N. Dry Lake
>Casa Grande, AZ, 85222
>(520) 421-8710

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