RE: [Videolib] Public Library DVD Policies

Griest, Bryan (
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 09:08:43 -0800

We serve a city of around 200K people with a central library and 4 branches
that carry new/rental DVDs, and another one branch that only has free
titles. I buy 1 copy of most features, although for Disney (since they go
out of print immediately and circ wildly) and other extremely hot titles, I
might get more. The branch librarians are given their own annual budget
(derived from mine) from which they can buy DVDs as well--they make their
own decisions on collection development. We do not take requests for our
rental items, which circ for $1/day, although we do for the older/free
titles. Patrons can have up to 6 rental DVDs out at a time, although once a
DVD becomes free (after 2 years, roughly), the patrons are pretty much
limited just by their good sense--we have a 50 item limit, but the free DVDs
circ for a single week only.
Bryan Griest
Glendale Ca. Public Library

Hi All!

This is a question primarily for the public libraries of the group
any helpful suggestions/arguments are welcome)...I am interested in
out what your collection policies are regarding DVDs; I am trying to
convince my administration the worthiness of changing our DVD
policies such that they are more in line with the other materials in

--For a typical feature film DVD release, how do you determine the
number of
copies you order?

--Do you take patron reserves for your DVDs?

--If you take reserves, how do you determine when additional copies
necessary for purchase?

--What is your loan period for DVDs?

--What is the limit on checkouts of DVD?

My current situation: We are in the process of changing over to a new
system (Triple I Millennium), and are consequently reevaluating
policies with this transition. We do not take reserves on feature
releases (but we do on just about everything else, including
and foreign language titles) with a two-day loan period and a limit of
DVDs at a time. They circulate for free. Genrerally, my materials
is not an issue...I can usually purchase what I need when I need it.

In order to bring the feature film DVDs in line with most of the other
materials in the library, I would like to see us begin taking reserves
them. This would have the benefit to the customer in that they would
have a better handle on when they will be able to view a specific
(much the way they do on current print bestsellers). If the wait is
long for them, they could explore other options for obtaining the film
(renting it, purchasing it). As it stands now, the chances of a
finding a specific current DVD title on the shelf at any specific time
completely random, which can be frustrating. Taking reserves would
benefit the customer in that they would learn to use the new online
and could place the reserves from their own home (or we could do it
them, of course!). Can you think of any other benefits?

We are also looking at standardizing the loan period for I
above, feature film titles currently circulate for two days, while
exercise, and some educational and other non-fiction titles circulate
for a
week. We are looking at changing all to a three or four day period,
increasing the limit to six. This should offset any circulation drop
due to
the reserving of titles. Is this logical?

Any other suggestions/arguments I could use in my presentation
this issue would be most helpful.

Thanks so much!


Blane Halliday
AV Acquisitions Librarian
Collier County Public Library
2385 Orange Blossom Drive
Naples, Florida 34109
239-593-3511, ext. 45

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