Library drops movie fees, to be open late Sundays
By David Sharos For The Sun January 17, 2013 5:14PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 3:14PM
Patrons of the Naperville Public Library might want to mark their calendars for March 1, which will herald the beginning of some changes at the library they may enjoy.
The library’s board has decided to do away with rental fees for DVD and Blu-ray movies, thanks to a new partnership that will begin with the LINKin Library service.
“We are partnering with Schaumburg, Skokie, Arlington Heights, and some other area libraries that will allow the sharing of materials,” Library Executive Director John Spears said. “We used to charge Naperville residents $1 for DVD rentals and $2 for Blu-ray, and double those fees for those outside the community. With this partnership, those fees have become obsolete.”
Despite the loss of some revenue, Spears said eliminating the fees is also appropriate “since the residents’ taxes pay for the materials.”
March 1 also marks the beginning of a four-month pilot program where patrons of the Nichols Library downtown will enjoy extended hours on Sunday. The library branch, which up until now offered service until 5 p.m., will close at 9 p.m. Sundays under the program.
“We wanted to see how this goes through portions of the school year as well as the summer,” Spears said. “Staff from all three branches will assist in the extra hours, and we’ll evaluate the use and cost of extending the hours once the pilot is over.”