Part of offering library services is asking for, listening and responding to feedback from the community. One comment we hear often is that the wait is long for the new and popular materials.
We hear ya. This spring, MCPL started offering a new feature called Best Seller Express in our Movies and Music department. Patrons who came to the Main library or Ellettsville were able to check out one brand new DVD. The catch is that they aren't holdable, you can't renew them and they only check out for three days. Despite these limitations, the new service has proven to be extremely popular. We've heard from patrons that they love coming to the library and seeing a DVD on the shelf that they might have been on a very long wait list for.
This week MCPL is offering books as part of the Best Seller Express service. If you stop by the New Books section at the Main library, you will see a shelf with new books - some of which have over 100 patrons on the wait list! Just like their DVD counterparts, these books aren't holdable, are non-renewable and only check out for 7 days. Yesterday morning, there was a copy of The Help on the BSE shelf (which we realize isn't new, but with the movie coming out still has over 100 holds). Also available was George R. R. Martin's newest, A Dance with Dragons (over 25 holds) and Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner (23 holds) among others.
Stop by the library sometime soon - you never know what new book or movie you might find waiting for you on the shelf!