Re: [Videolib] Public Library DVD Policies

Renee Zurn (
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 11:41:19 -0600


The Duluth Public Library has a main library and two branches to serve
a population of about 90,000.

--For a typical feature film DVD release, how do you determine the
number of
copies you order?
I usually purchase one copy on DVD and one VHS, if available. If
VHS is not available, I usually purchase 1 copy on DVD. If it is very
popular, I may purchase 2 copies on DVD. I prefer to purchase as many
titles as possible with my money. The DVDs are split between our
library locations. I have started purchasing the popular movies as used
DVDs from the local Hollywood Video Store. They usually sell newer
releases 3 for $25.00. The movie may be 3-4 weeks old when I purchase
it but I think the money saved helps me justify the time a patron may
need to wait for a new feature film release. Children's films are
almost always purchased new since Hollywood Video does not usually have
used copies to sell.

--Do you take patron reserves for your DVDs?
Yes, patrons can reserve all our materials.

--If you take reserves, how do you determine when additional copies
necessary for purchase?
I used our hold number for books to determine when to purchase
another copy. We purchase another copy of a book if we have more than 5
holds per book. This means that last person is waiting about 2 months
for a book. The two month wait translates into about 8-9 holds per
movie before I order a replacement copy. Of course, some titles I
purchase copies of for all locations. These are usually the Disney and
Academy Award titles. I often purchase added copies when the price of
the movie drops.

--What is your loan period for DVDs?
All of our movies circulate for one week. This includes
Children's, Feature, and Nonfiction on either VHS or DVD.

--What is the limit on checkouts of DVD?
Patrons are limited to 20 VHS and 4 DVD.

Our patrons like being about to reserve all our materials, not just
books. Our Circulation Department - and the rest of the staff - like to
have things as uniform as possible. It makes it easier for both staff
and the public to remember our policies.

I hope this information helps.


Renee Zurn
Manager, Adult Services
Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

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