Library Delivery Service Costs Thousands

After reading this yesterday I have to admit I was very surprised.

How many of you have used this service? I know I did and felt it very convenient. When I moved into Volusia County they would allow you to put books on hold online, then call when they came in so you could pick them up. I found that a little annoying after the luxury of having my books delivered, but quickly realized this was MUCH FASTER, as I got my books in days, not weeks.

Even still, had I known how much this service was costing, I might have stopped using it. Do you feel this service should continue or be shut down and the money used to open a new branch, as the article suggests?

4 Comments so far

  1. The Masked Blogger (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 10:15 am

    I use it and like it and want to see it continue.

  2. Cindy (unregistered) on April 30th, 2005 @ 7:30 am

    sorry have to disagree here. Working 40 or more hours a week, usually I am too tired to check out the library, even the one down the street. It closes early only on Saturday night and closed on Sunday. Those are the only two days I might have time to visit. The on-line system lets me pick out many books that might not be on the shelf, and home delivery lets me read them anytime. I think it is a great idea, and encourages more reading.

  3. AnnMarie (unregistered) on April 30th, 2005 @ 11:18 am

    Those are valid reasons, after all, I am a stay at home mom without those concerns. But something else I noticed is that when I had to go pick up the books, I brought my son with me. He started going into the children’s section and picking out books on his own. That wouldn’t have happened if I’d had them delivered, so although it didn’t change my reading habits, it did a lot for his.

    Different people, different situations. I don’t see where they are going to stop the service anytime soon though :)

  4. Rob (unregistered) on May 6th, 2005 @ 5:32 pm

    The program costs as much as one additional branch yet services MANY more people than an additional branch can. Seems like a wise use of money to me.

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