Blu-ray Movies Now at Your Local Library?

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on September 3, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, Rental, Software

It seems like Blu-ray is really hitting it’s mainstream stride, as some public libraries are now carrying Blu-ray movies for checkout.

AVSforum user “GarenT” is reporting his Chicago area public library has made available to loan over 120 Blu-ray titles.

The checkout time is for 1 week, and he has listed some of the titles including:

Cars, Ratatouille, 300, 10,000BC, The National Treasures, all the Harry Potters, AVP, the Bank Job, Blood Diamond, Jumper, Black Hawk Down, There will be Blood, A Clockwork Orange, the Departed.

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3 Responses to “Blu-ray Movies Now at Your Local Library?”

  1. webdev511 on September 3rd, 2008 7:40 am

    That’s it. Format war has been decided by libraries. okay, maybe not.

    I wonder where they got the budget for it?

  2. Librarygoddess on September 26th, 2008 11:11 am

    To answer your question about where the got the budget. Libraries have to come up with a collection development budget each year. Many libraries have allocations for Audio Visual Materials. I would imagine that this library made the choice for one reason or another to put their money toward increasing this particular collection. There are also people willing to donate for library materials.

    Here is my dilemma. Formats are changing so fast and we have $XXXX to spend depending on our libraries for Audio Visual Materials. In the past when there was a switch from VHS to DVD librarians held off because of expense and lack of budget allocated we are still trying to catch up and many libraries still hold VHS format.

    I myself am eager and reluctant to purchase Blu-Ray. I am eager because I would like to be able to offer the latest technology. I want to be proactive in my choices so that when the time comes that everyone has Blu-Ray we have a good selection. I am reluctant because I don’t know how long Blu-Ray is going to be around before they come up with something better. How stable is Blu-Ray as a format anyway. I would love your feedback!

  3. valerie on January 8th, 2010 11:35 am

    We’re seeking grant funds to implement blu-ray at our libraries. It’s a demand by our patrons and we want to meet their needs. the collection will be small to start but with increased use maybe that will give us ammo to seek additional $$ in our budget for the following year. statistics never lie!

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