Instead of buying many multiple copies of best sellers, book rental plans
allow for patrons who choose to do so to pay a daily fee. When the demand
falls off, the library is not stuck with dozens of copies of the book.
Libraries don't require patrons to rent; copies are still provided through
the normal reserve lists at no charge for those who want to wait their turn.
In similar fashion, some libraries shorten the loan period for such books,
and disallow renewal. A rental plan allows the borrower to keep the book as
long as s/he is willing to pay the daily fee.
This is not a model that applies to the academic setting, where there are
few spikes in demand for the same title. But in the public library setting
a rental model permits the library to provide patrons an alternative to
purchasing the material outright.
-- deg farrelly, Associate Librarian Arizona State University at the West campus PO Box 37100 Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100 Phone: 602.543.8522 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 07:49:04 -0800
> > Hmmm...interesting. I never, ever vaguely assume to speak for public > libraries or librarians (being the clueless academic that I am), but I > wonder how short-term rental to meet public demand fits in with the > service mandate and philosophy of libraries.
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