Ever wonder what happens to DVD’s that aren’t sold?
They don’t end up in the landfill thankfully but they end up here!
Each Tuesday, chief librarian Laura Emery or one of her staff dives into the DVD section of the local Walmart, searching for the latest romcom or actor Will Smith’s new blockbuster.
The effort seems quaint in the age of Netflix and other on-demand movie and TV services. But not at Nova Scotia’s Eastern Counties Regional Library, where the DVD collection is growing, as are the appetites of library patrons.
So it’s important to scour for deals.
“The only way you can be awesome is to be super smart and thrifty about stuff,” says Emery.
It’s not just big titles that find favour. Eastern Counties, which covers some of the most rural parts of the province, has a “small but decent” Asian film selection, a popular British TV collection, and has put money into French movies and Québécois shows.
DVDs hold out
All but written off with the financial ruin of rental giants like Blockbuster, the DVD is finding new life on the shelves of libraries.
At some, DVDs now represent nearly 20 per cent of all circulation. Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, for instance, had 20,524 DVD loans last year, nearly 50 per cent more than four years prior.