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June 4th, 2008


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10:40 pm
For all you librarians on my friends list...
Is there, like, a book rental place? Like a video store for books?
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(11 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:lifecollage
Date:June 5th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)

From a public librarian

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Libraries, like video stores, normally pay more than the commercial price for books, videos and DVD's, due to copyright.

That may once have been the case -- though "Library binding" was also stronger and meant to stand up to increased usage at libraries -- but now libraries get bulk discounts comparable on average to buying online. Near as I can tell, library binding doesn't exist any more; I haven't seen it as a purchase option in years. We buy the same hardcovers and paperbacks as the rest of the world and repair or weed them when they fall apart.

Ditto for videos and DVDs, where once we had to pay the same purchase price as video stores (which is why some libraries didn't have large popular film collections until the advent of DVD). Film Board of Canada and other small cultural institutions still charge $50 to $100 for a 20-minute film, but most libraries don't have a budget that supports those purchases for things that just don't circulate as highly as the $15 blockbusters.
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