RE: Bookdrop return of videos
Tue, 12 Aug 1997 10:26:55 -0400 (EDT)

At Miami-Dade Public Library, we resisted book-drop return of videos for
many years, but the patrons kept using the drops. We never had any damage
from the weight of books on top of videos. Occasionally, a warped or
broken case opened when dropped in, and there might be some shell damage.
But it was negligible. We finally took the plunge, and made it official
policy to use drops everywhere for videos (but not for framed art or
phonorecords). There have been no great probles. As for temperature, we
are blessedly free from freezing overnight temperatures, and our multiple
emptying during the day keeps videos from baking in the drops during our
hot summer days. You might want to experiment during the winter to see if
videos left overnight suffer from the experience. If not, go for it. The
patron satisfaction will outweigh the small damage rate.

Donald Chauncey
Miami-Dade Public Library 305 375-5191 voice
101 W. Flagler Street 305 375-3048 fax
Miami, FL 33130