I think that part of the rationale for the shorter loan period is
historic: 3 days was a somewhat standard rental period for 16mm
films. (Pick-up, Show, Return).
Worth pointing out that 3 days is also the standard rental period at
Blockbuster Video. (Which most users seem to accept readily).
Also worth noting that not all print is treated the same in libraries:
Reference books (and often magazines and journals) don't circulate at all,
reserve materials may be limited to several hours, or several days,
in some public libraries new books or best sellers may have shorter loan
periods, and some even run rental collections with a daily charge for
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