Feedback: Leasing Adult Fiction

Original Question: I am considering leasing adult fiction books and would like feedback about leasing, both pro and con. Is it cost effective to lease? Any comments are appreciated.

Respondent - If space was a concern this director would definitely lease books. This system leased for years and felt that if the book were a popular item, they ended up buying a worn out edition and paid rent on it as well. He stated that at the end of the leasing commitment they had nothing to show for the money that was spent and ended up paying about the same amount for the leased books that they would have paid if they had purchased them. Their system later switched to purchasing best sellers which would lead to more weeding of the collection and decision making to determine what stays and what goes. This respondent feels good about having newer books and a current collection on the shelf to make this a better library. The idea that the books are in the collection with no time limit on them is favorable. The local circulation records have been broken each year except for one for the last eight years. A trade secret that he shares is when comparing companies and plans, things are more negotiable and you can ask for almost everything. His point is the larger the population and the size of the library the more your account is desirable to the vendor.

Respondent- West Georgia Regional does not lease materials for a variety of reasons. One being that leased materials must be processed for circulation just as purchased items. After counting the cost of leasing and processing library materials as opposed to paying for the books, they felt that it was more cost effective to purchase the books.

Respondent- Okefenokee Regional Library System leased library books in the past but found it better if they purchased. ORLS found that leasing books could be more expensive than purchasing when you factor in the postage to return them or the $3.00 to retain the volumes. The end decision was that it was found not practical to lease the books.

Respondent - Three branch managers have requested to cancel the book lease program at this system.

Respondent - Several libraries in this library system lease books on CD’s and Large Print Books. They are in the experimental phase, but feels it’s working out well.

Respondent- If titles are not swapped out aggressively for “fresh bestsellers”, the circulation drops and the value of the process collapses. This library system leased for several years but they are now cancelling. They feel the work required was not worth leasing.