Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CA Library to Debut Netflix-like 'Fines Free" Program

Hayward Public Library (CA) is testing a Netflix-like model in which library users can borrow three items for $2.99 a month, five items for $4.99 a month, or up to ten for $8.99 month, with no late fees. (There’s no free shipping, however. Some libraries in New Jersey offer delivery by mail but still charge late fees.)

Sean Reinhart, acting director of the Hayward Public Library, CA, says the “Fines-Free” Library Loan Program, the first of its kind, aims to lure back library users who find their accounts blocked—20% of total users—and give up on the library. (Hayward has a service population of 150,000, with a main library and a branch, and a collection of some 160,000 items.)

Read the rest of the article for details and implications, HERE.

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