As of today, the library has instituted a new procedure for lending its most popular materials, feature DVDs. Circumstances have now forced us to limit the number of DVDs that may be checked out by an individual library patron to two DVDs from the new materials shelf and five DVDs from the regular shelves. These more restrictive borrowing limits have been neccessitated by the unacceptably high rate of loss from this collection to patrons who borrow large numbers of DVDs and fail to return them. Despite our best efforts to recover these materials, including the use of a collection agency, we continue to lose a significant number of DVDs. This is a problem encountered by public libraries throughout the country.
Like other public libraries throughout Michigan, Mount Clemens Public Library is addressing a significant decrease in funding due to current economic conditions and a number of budget cuts have been implemented. Our budget for DVDs simply cannot be stretched far enough to continue to replace -- sometimes more than once -- our high demand movie titles and still continue to purchase the new releases that our patrons want to see.
By limiting DVD checkouts, we hope also to limit our exposure to loss and make the DVDs you want to see available to all. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated!