Is this a good idea or a bad one? Exeter Public Library has subscribed to Netflix and will be accepting requests from library patrons for DVDs not owned by the library system.
"The Library has subscribed to Netflix, the online movie rental service. Now, if there is a title you are looking for that isn't on our shelves or the shelves of any other RI library, you can request that we get it through Netflix for you. This is a great way to view the popular movies that are always out, as well as the documentaries, foreign films, and television series that aren't available at the local libraries. It's also a great way for us to provide the materials you want, without having to purchase several copies of the same title.The more I think about this, the more that I think it is a bad idea. Since when do we expect our public libraries to provide us with the services of a video club...free of charge? What do you think?
How it works: you place a paper or e-mail request with us. If the title is not readily available through the regular library delivery system, we will go into our Netflix account and order it for you. When the movie arrives, we will notify you and you can check it out for one week with your library card - just like the movies we own. Depending on how popular the service become, your DVDs should arrive very quickly."
Thanks to The Shifted Librarian for this news.