Saying Good-Bye to VHS & Hello to the Future

Posted on Tuesday 29 April 2008

There is no doubt that the library’s collection of VHS videotapes has served our community well over the years. But in order to stay true to our motto of “Delivering the Future,” we must look to new technologies and services.


Therefore, on May 15th, we will be saying good-bye to a once-beloved technology. The library’s fiction and non-fiction VHS videos will be removed from circulation and given to the Friends of the Westerville Library to sell for $1 each at their discretion. The juvenile/children’s videotape collection, as well as the small collection of descriptive videos for people with visual disabilities, will remain in circulation.

This decision was made for a number of reasons, including the continued decline in VHS circulation, as well as the need for more shelf space for DVDs and audiobooks. Within the last year, the library’s fiction VHS collection has accounted for only 5% of the total fiction movie circulation. DVDs accounted for 95% of checkouts!

With this change, we look forward to a new chapter in our continued commitment to serving the Westerville community. Please stop by to see how the library is changing to meet your needs!

3 Comments for 'Saying Good-Bye to VHS & Hello to the Future'

    Deborah Daniels
    May 3, 2008 | 1:40 pm

    Please provide the contact for the friends of Westerville Library, that I might be able to purchase some of the vhs tapes, if possible.

    May 7, 2008 | 3:37 pm


    Thank you for your request! The VHS tapes will be on sale in the Friend’s Gift Shop. You can reach them at 882-7277, Extension 151. They will be happy to help you!

    Don W. Barlow
    Executive Director

    May 9, 2008 | 11:29 am

    Thank you Don, for introducing this blog to IFLA/OCLC Fellows.

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