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March 11, 2004

How about a DVD fee?

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Philadelphia City Council may consider implementing a charge for borrowing video tapes and DVDs from the public library.

Seattle might think about that. It goes against a tradition, but the tradition was established for books, not movies. There is also a thriving private sector in movie rentals, which shows that people, and not just rich people, are willing to pay.

The library couldn’t and shouldn’t charge as much as Blockbuster, but even if it charged, say, 50 cents for tapes and $1 for DVDs, it would help the system’s finances. Maybe a new revenue source would make the difference between the library staying open all year, or in the evenings, and being closed.

I mentioned it the other day to Dwight Dively, the city’s director of finance, and he said the authority here would be the library board; the city government subsidizes the library but does not control it.

I have mentioned this idea to a handful of people and every one of them dislikes it. Still, we may come to it.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at March 11, 2004 11:28 AM



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