The Kansas City Public Library has changed its policy for checking out DVDs.
As of Friday, the library removed the $1 fee for feature films and began limiting all DVD checkouts to one week with no renewals.
“With the library now providing free video streaming through Hoopla (HooplaDigital.com), it didn’t make sense for us to continue charging a $1 fee for DVD checkouts that provided access to much of the same content,” Joel Jones, deputy director of branch and library services, said in a news release.
The release said that the $1 fee dates to a period when VHS was the prevailing technology and it cost much more to obtain movies, documentaries and TV shows.
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“That was also a time when libraries did not consider video to be a core service,” Jones said.
By limiting all DVD checkouts to one week, officials hope to keep a wider variety of materials on the shelves.