RE: [Videolib] Replacement Fees in Academic Libraries?

Bergman, Barbara J (
Wed, 31 Jan 2007 11:26:16 -0600

Our default overdue charge is $200 for videos/DVDs. That usually serves its intended purpose of scaring patrons into returning their overdue videos.

For lost items, I charge the actual replacement cost of the feature film plus the $10 processing fee. I say feature film because I haven't had to deal with a lost educational film yet. If it ever comes down to it, I'll probably charge the book fee which is $65. If an item re-appears within 6 months of being paid for, they get a refund of all but the $10.

Damaged -- We don't charge patrons for wear & tear damage (i.e. tape eaten by VCR). We would bill for negligent damage.

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