Here is how the London Public Library deals with your questions:
1). Do you purchase current releases?
Yes we do if they fulfill our feature film selection guidelines
which include literature-based works, Canadian productions, award
winners, representative works of well-known directors/performers
(and if the price has dropped of course).
2). Do you accept holds on entertainment videos?
Yes we have always accepted holds.
3). Do you limit the number of holds one patron may have? If so, what
is the limit?
At the present time the system cuts off at 50 holds.
4). Do you purchase extra copies of a title to meet demands? If so,
do you have a pre-determined ratio of number of requests to the
number of copies purchased?
We do this with Bestseller books but it has never been necessary
with popular videos. The hold demand is just not that great. We
do have a policy of purchasing only limited quantities of popular
titles that are readily available in the video stores i.e.
maximum of 4 copies in the system. (We have 14 branches with
5). What if any impact on your materials budget has this had?
The Central Library budget is large enough to absorb this. With
the Branches they have to be more careful with duplicate
purchases. (The only exception is the Disney films which they
purchase in multiple copies, but didn't know if you were
including Childrens' titles).
Hope this helps,
Anne Roney, Video Librarian
London Public Library