r/mildlyinteresting 7d ago

My local library has “binge boxes” in the film section.

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u/AAVale 7d ago

Solid idea, this feels like an informed response to feedback from people coming into the library; the best librarians are all about taking that kind of feedback and working with it.

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u/draconicanimagus 7d ago

I just texted this to my sister who is a librarian downtown. She replied and said they they're doing it too!

https://austin.bibliocommons.com/v2/search?query=binge%20box&searchType=smart

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u/elr0y7 7d ago

Congratulate your sister on being a best librarian.

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u/draconicanimagus 7d ago

She is a pretty great one, but the downtown Austin library has been doing this for years already.

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u/bigjayrulez 7d ago

If I have visitors from out of town and a blank spot on our agenda, I take them to that library. Even the ones who are like "I don't wanna go to no freakin' library" get a mini art exhibit, beautiful scenery, learn something about technology or modernization, and some time to think. Most love it, none dislike it, and then we're walking distance for the next thing. Personally I love watching the giant grackle clock sway or reading on either the seats for the stage or the garden depending on the weather.

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u/NormGreen 7d ago

Whoa, is your sister a librarian at the Austin Central Library?

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u/draconicanimagus 7d ago

Yeah, how cool is that! I think she's not technically a "librarian" (since you need a master's in library sciences), but I know she's something close to one.

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u/NormGreen 7d ago

Awesome :)

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u/kyledp 7d ago edited 7d ago

This read like a comment on r/HaveWeMet!

Edit: forgot to put “a” in that sentence.

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u/HalfSoul30 7d ago

forgot to put an "a" in that sentence.

I'm messing with you.

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u/Myfirstfakeusername 7d ago

I forgot to put an “a” in that sentence

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u/SB6P897 7d ago

I forgot to put to put an “a” in that sentence .

If you look closely, you’ll see that period is italicized.

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u/Myfirstfakeusername 7d ago

<insert slow clap gif>

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u/jvallas 7d ago

I forgot to put to put an “a” in that sentence.

If you look closely, you’ll see that the deleted space before the period is italicized.

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u/Rebelgecko 7d ago

Downtown Austin?

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u/draconicanimagus 7d ago

Yup! The main downtown library. It's massive!

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u/Advanced-Blackberry 7d ago

They share ideas on ICQ

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u/Ambrosem123 7d ago

I should show my local library this idea.

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u/ProtoKaos 7d ago

Yes! My local library growing up was always very on the leading edge of everything while maintaining and promoting the main focus, reading. Many a good time there, hell we had different clubs for different genres of book, chess, arts and crafts, smash bros tourneys, live demonstrations, etc.

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u/deltaetaxciv 7d ago edited 7d ago

Yeah, libraries renting out movies is so cool.

No wonder I couldn't find anymore Blockbusters around.

Edit: /s. it's a joke. Some of you are as blind as Blockbuster executives.

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u/MichioKotarou 7d ago

I volunteered at a library in the early 10s (god saying it like that makes me feel old) during my final years of high school and a little in college. Even back then you could rent movies/DVDs (and even tapes!), music, anime and manga, etc. And there were weekly "club meetings" for various things.

The library downtown near where I live hosts all sorts of events and has a bunch of event rooms and even a cafe on the first floor.

People think of libraries as stuffy and serious, but my experience has been anything but.

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u/sentientlob0029 7d ago

In 2010 I was a working adult. Feels like yesterday to me. I remember 2010 like it was one or two years ago.

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u/NibblesMcGiblet 7d ago

that's how i remember 2004.

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u/sentientlob0029 7d ago

I remember the late 90s that way too. I was born in 1985.

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u/imisstheyoop 7d ago

In 2010 I was a working adult. Feels like yesterday to me. I remember 2010 like it was one or two years ago.

My timeline is always so wonky. In 2005 I was a working adult. In 2010 I was in college.

I had a nice 3 year "gap" between highschool and when I went to a university where I worked and went to community college, so it really jumbles up the ole timeline.

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u/mustachioj 7d ago

My son was born in 2010. Talk about going quick.

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u/PerNewton 7d ago

In Vermont in addition to the normal library offerings like books and movies you can borrow household and gardening tools, passes to State parks and other local attractions and even snowshoes.

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u/Mystery_Mollusc 7d ago

More things should work this way

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u/Howyougontellme 7d ago

My new favorite is referring to things from before 2000 as the late nineteen hundreds. Heard it on a podcast and it cracked me up

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u/Worthyness 7d ago

They've caught up to the 21st century as well and have access to streaming services like Hoopla and Kanopy. Can literally borrow movies or TV series for the low cost of a library card

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u/KingWithNoLand 7d ago

Totally agree, this would be a super cute date idea.

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u/jbjokerr 7d ago

This is awesome!

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u/big_duo3674 7d ago

I just gave it a quick zoom and skim on my phone and already saw like three I'd love to marathon. This is awesome! People might think DVDs are pointless these days, but too many people forget that in the US at least, there are massive swaths of population who get no internet, or internet that is too slow to even handle Netflix (and likely twice the price of cheap fiber in a big city). Plus there are people who just can't afford it at all, and a library like this gives families and kids a chance to still get together and watch something fun.

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u/Natural-Bullfrog-420 7d ago

I've also gotten to a point where I have several streaming services and I literally have no idea what to watch.

Some of the user interfaces on things like Netflix make me feel like I'm only scratching the surface of what they actually have to offer. But I never really get the opportunity to dive into all of their content.

Streaming services are starting to be a little disappointing, to me anyway

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u/Katie1230 7d ago

I wish sooo bad for netflix to just have a 'view all' tab.

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u/queefiest 7d ago

It used to back in the day

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u/mak484 7d ago

Netflix realized that if they make their popular content too easy to find, they run into two problems: no one watches their shitty originals, and people quickly discover that they don't really have much "good" content anymore.

Hence all of the fake "customized" lists, and BS "Top 10 Today" page, and how the search bar tricks you into thinking they have a title by auto completing it only to give you a list of "similar" titles.

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u/Pudacat 7d ago

I hate that so much. I just started Netflix again after years of not having it (Pre-streaming) and I think this pisses me off so much.

At least before, the movie/show just wouldn't show up.

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u/queefiest 7d ago edited 7d ago

I guess I’m an outlier because I still find cool stuff to watch

Edit: I’m gonna take the time to recommend the show Dark. You can watch in original German or English dub

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u/Squally160 7d ago

I mean, there still is cool stuff to watch, its just not laid out how it used to be.

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u/starettee 7d ago edited 7d ago

This is the third comment on completely separate threads that have recommended Dark. I think this is a sign

Edit: two episodes in and I’m already hooked

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u/paperchampionpicture 7d ago

It’s a good show, but it is absolutely deathly serious. The Old Testament is more light-hearted. And also keep a mental note of who is who, since you’ll be seeing various characters played by different actors young and old, and they’re throwing German names out at you left and right.

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u/LazyPancake 7d ago

I've been seeing it too. I've been well intended in watching it but I just haven't gotten there yet. I did just finish squid game though, so I'm in the mood for something weird.

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u/TheDogofTears 7d ago

Well I second the recommendation. It's an excellent show. Highly recommend you watch with subtitles, not the dubbed version.

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u/Dumptruck_Johnson 7d ago

https://i.imgur.com/DzBLdKy.jpg

This one is actually helpful. List of search codes that lays out genres on Netflix for you

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u/little_mushroom_ 7d ago

This is very helpfu!!!!l but I have to use it in browser(?) Was hoping for an in app trick. Still cool. Thanks!

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u/[deleted] 7d ago

Instantwatcher let's you search their library with specifications and even has a random button.

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u/cwdl 7d ago

tbh browsing and genre organization is so complicated.

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u/Nice-Violinist-6395 7d ago

Before the pandemic, I was always baffled by those “what’s new on Netflix/Hulu/Prime/HBO Max this month?” articles. I would wonder what kind of person could possibly watch everything on Netflix or Hulu, to the point where they were eagerly waiting to see what new stuff arrived at the beginning of the month.

But now, after spending basically a full year inside my apartment?

I am one of those people.

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u/TheOnlyAl66 7d ago

I’ve been doing all sorts of stuff I didn’t have time for before (or I was too busy out doing something), like making model planes/ships, learning a computer language, reading an actual book etc. I loved it. I’m much more relaxed now I think too.

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u/inbooth 7d ago

Set your VPN to Canada and you'll see how easy it can be to run out of content....

Not all catalogues are the same

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u/GayNerd28 7d ago

Or you go to watch something (finally) , and it turns out that it's been delisted for whatever reason.

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u/unkilbeeg 7d ago

I get discs from Netflix because they have a wider range of content. There are no licensing restrictions on what discs they can buy for me to rent, unlike the balkanization of streaming content that is happening now.

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u/ItsBiasedNotBias 7d ago

Just last week I expressed shock to my partner that Netflix still has a mail order DVD service.

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u/LouBerryManCakes 7d ago

10 years ago Netflix tried to separate the mail order DVD business with the streaming service but they changed their minds due to customer backlash and they've offered both ever since.

It's definitely one of those things that's easy to forget since Netflix means something totally different today than it did originally.

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u/upanddowndays 7d ago

Jesus Christ, that debacle was ten years ago?

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u/queefiest 7d ago

If you search by genre and try the titles like this feature, you can delve pretty deep

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u/TheMightyWoofer 7d ago

I'm the opposite; I'm very picky in what I want to watch. I like Northern European murder mysteries, and I like Korean dramas and Japanese shows like Midnight Diner. I also like French mysteries and horror. There are some really good German sci-fi series out there, too.

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u/rangda 7d ago

My flatmate has a ton of DVDs cause she didn’t want to stop collecting disc copies of things, at first I thought it was a bit goofy cause they take up a lot of space and aren’t in HD.
But they’ve grown on me a lot, especially with the amount of extra features on films and shows that I’m really into.

And it’s cool to find copies of unusual films I can’t even torrent let alone find on a streaming service, for $1 or $2 from secondhand stores. It’s kinda like the pleasure of picking through an old bookshop.

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u/big_duo3674 7d ago

I can easily think of several nostalgic movies from when I was a kid that were not like huge blockbusters, and are impossible to torrent. Sometimes you can find them, but digging that deep into those sites is an excellent way to find viruses or other junk. Things are getting a little better in that area I think, but I remember it wasn't more than a couple years ago when I went looking to download The Wizzard. It was super difficult to find, at least then. Fred Savage and a boss battle with the original Mario 3 will always be one of my top comfort movies

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u/Michael__Pemulis 7d ago

Yea I have 3 different go-to spots for used blurays/DVDs within ~20 minutes of me & one of them is a used book store.

I love finding a good bluray for less than $5. I also have a policy that I will buy any Criterion film if it is under $10. Especially love finding those for movies I’ve never seen.

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u/Johnny_Mc2 7d ago

It’s a cheap and easy hobby as well. I go hunt for the extended cuts and directors cuts of movies that you can’t really find on streaming services (HBO Max is starting to carry alternate cuts of movies). most horror movies always benefit from unrated cuts due to the mpaa being so relentless in the past (most of the Friday the 13th movies are basically bloodless for example)

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u/TylerDurdensaysso 7d ago

I’ve actually started buying the occasional used dvd again. Now that every movie studio and network has its own streaming service, you can’t watch them unless you want 5 subscriptions.

I bought an Adams Family and Adams Family Values dvd at half priced books today. It was $7 for the 2 movies on one dvd or 3.99 to rent one movie online for 2 days. I did the same with the Indian jones box set a few months ago.

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u/Iohet 7d ago

I've been making my own streaming service picking up cheap/used copies of DVDs/Blu-rays that I like to rewatch occasionally or would want to watch again sometime in the future and ripping them to my Plex server. Can watch from anywhere on any device, and it's mine forever

Much better than renting access to something perpetually and hoping that it never gets moved to another rightsholder

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u/ZombiesDelight 7d ago

Sorry for the stupid questions...

How does one do this?

Also what's plex?

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u/Iohet 7d ago

Plex is two things:

1) A server on your network that hosts ripped video and audio. It handles all the transcribing for streaming to whatever device you have. You can do this with a spare PC or a dedicated device. My server is an nVidia Shield Pro, which is also an Android TV device. I have a separate harddrive hooked up to it hosting my files. It's technically free, but you can buy a Plex Pass to get more features that I feel are pretty useful. I waited for the lifetime pass to go on sale(setup a Slickdeals alert) and bought it on sale.

2) An app/website to connect to Plex servers(Android/iOS/. When you setup your server you setup an account you can use to connect to it through the app/web. Plex also has free streaming channels for TV/movies that you can access, similar to PlutoTV, though most of it is old stuff or B-movies. If you have other people in your house, you can give them access through their own accounts, too.

To rip CD/DVD/Blurays, you need a computer and software like MakeMKV(to rip, shareware) and Handbrake(to compress, freeware). Bluray files can be enormous, so keep that in mind. There's plenty of guides out there on how to do this. Plex is finicky about file names, so following steps like these are useful to preventing issues. Drop the files in the right directory on the Plex server, and you can access it with your Plex app anywhere.

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u/n122333 7d ago

Internet infrastructure designer here.

You'd be horrified to see some of the unupgraded legacy systems in Florida and Texas (the two areas I do the most work in)

Theres massive chunks of Miami that just have question marks with a label that says we have no idea how it's working, but no ones calling to complain, so just don't touch anything.

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u/thiswasyouridea 7d ago

Me, my mom and my dad get together every Sunday for dinner and watch a movie. DVDs are portable and we don't all have the same streaming services.

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u/Rubes2525 7d ago

DVDs and BluRays are not pointless these days, even if you have gigabit internet. They are probably the only way to actually own your movies, at least legally. And when you look at 4K BluRays, they are way better than poorly compressed streams.

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u/perpetualsavasana 7d ago

My sentiments exactly.

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u/Headphanie 7d ago

Not alot gets me excited but bingebox day......well....I like bingebox day.

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u/lakerswiz 7d ago

Libraries are underrated as fuck

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u/MonsterMamaLu 7d ago

Hell yeah they are! At the main branch in Philly you can even take free cooking classes and borrow musical instruments! Libraries are dope.

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u/HonPhryneFisher 7d ago

Holy shit that is cool, the musical instrument part, that is. I am a music teacher, and I always tell adults to give an instrument a whirl (my mom's husband started playing saxophone in his late 50s...he now plays in a band and gigs all over town!). SO many people who always wanted to learn, or learned one thing but really wanted another, etc. Now with Youtube you can at least get a few lessons in to see if you like it. Libraries ARE dope!

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u/MonsterMamaLu 7d ago

Yeah! You can even borrow amps!

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u/SuperFLEB 7d ago

HEELLLOOOOO PUBLIC LIBRARY!!! ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?!

Ssssshhhhhh! This was the worst idea ever.

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u/Aizen_Myo 7d ago

My library has a soundproof room which you can rent for up to 2 hours to try out your instruments :D

The fee is 50ct/hour btw

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u/PANTONE-PURPLE 7d ago

They even have a section with stacks of paper bound together with words printed on them. Some of the paper stacks are quite good!

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u/pistoladeluxe 7d ago

My library system has some 3d printers and a laser engraver/cutter which I've used to make some useful stuff around the house!

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u/Tarkus_Edge 7d ago

Having fun isn't hard if you got a library card.

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u/Laura4848 7d ago

Now the Arthur tune is stuck in my head…

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u/sqdnleader 7d ago

That musical episode scarred me. I was in a drug infused, cold/flu daze when it came on and The Brain's musical number scared the hell out of me. That and watching The Pebble and the Penguin were not ideal for a child's brain in that state.

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u/VoilaVoilaWashington 7d ago

A well run library with reader's advisory, a mix of media (movies, games, etc) and community programming is pretty insanely useful to the community.

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u/bthug27 7d ago edited 7d ago

True. I'm a former a librarian with 15 years in the field. Many of our problems however stem from ourselves, lack of diversity, slow to adopt technology, and horrible and I mean horrible marketing.

Edit: so so so many fragile ppl upset about my lack of diversity comment. Look libraries are 90 percent white and female and I ain't got shit against while ppl are females I love them both! But it's a fact that diversity is a strength. It brings about good ideas and allows you engage, appeal, and communicate with all sorts of people. The current makeup of the profession doesn't drive innovation, there is no room for change or different ideas, it can be very herd mentality and anyone worth their salt knows that's not a good thing.

Idk why you get so offended. Diversify the profession is not an assult on white ppl. Idk why everytime a person of color wants to be treated equal its treated like some sort of assult on white ppl.Take your fragility someplace else. Actually go to your local library and borrow White Fragility.

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u/letmegogooglethat 7d ago

slow to adopt technology

My experience has been mixed on that. Some are definitely slow (especially older board members that are clueless about tech and just understand books on shelves). But some go to the other extreme. They want ALL THE TECH. All the gadgets and latest things that they read about in their magazines or hear about on TV. But without any consideration for how to deploy. Both extremes are frustrating.

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u/bthug27 7d ago

Yeah. All libraries wait for another library to do something which I think is the cause of this. Also many libraries are getting younger and youth doesn't mean expertise or knowledge of technology. I'm younger and I love tech and consumer products so I put a lot of research into my recommendations for taxpayer money but most librarians don't do that, at least not on my experience.

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u/AeAeR 7d ago

Yeah I worked in a library in college from 2006-2010. First two years was just normal library stuff, but in the third year we must’ve gotten a donation or something because suddenly EVERYTHING was about technology.

At the end of the day, students mainly needed to know how to cite books or find things on jstor. They didn’t need tablets to look them up on, they already had laptops.

Imo the funding party should’ve gone to making the place look like it had been updated since the 70s, because I do legitimately feel that today’s young adult is going to find anything that feels antiquated to be off putting and won’t encourage them to come in. They’re going to think “yup this is exactly what I was expecting” and leave, missing out on great things like the original post.

Like someone else said, they basically need to rebrand as a whole.

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u/groundhog_day_only 7d ago

horrible marketing

Libraries need to rebrand themselves as a general center for services and resources. Maybe even pick a different name. To most people, "library" means a place with shelves of books. But now that everyone uses the internet as their primary source of information, having such a narrow image is a liability. I think most people know that libraries do more than that, but would struggle to describe how those extra things are actually useful to them. For example, my old library would let you borrow a jackhammer for the day, for free. And lots of other power tools. My current library has free workshops on everything from computer basics to python to welding. If more people had that "oh shit, this is actually useful" moment, libraries would see a big pick up.

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u/bthug27 7d ago

Agreed. Many have adopted the name information centers but that sounds worse. I'm always reminded of the parks and rec episode where they rename flouride to something like T-dazzle. That's basically what libraries need to do haha

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u/Chemical_Carrot_437 7d ago

There’s nothing wrong with the word library. It’s a marketing issue.

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u/9TyeDie1 7d ago

Brainstorm session.

Community resource center City resource repository Growth Centers Ohhhh Enrichment centers (Facilities?)

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u/InterdisciplinaryDol 7d ago

Media Center

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u/blubs_will_rule 7d ago

That’s what they call the libraries in most public schools these days.

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u/freakydeku 7d ago

city help desk

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u/CaptainOblivious_PhD 7d ago

The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can't Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too.

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u/pincus1 7d ago

Don't even name them, just put a large sign with "FREE SHIT" outside.

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u/ProgressiveOverlorde 7d ago

Enrichment and continual testing center

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u/SuspiciouslyElven 7d ago

Hello and, again, welcome to the Aperture Science computer-aided enrichment center.

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u/MapleSyrupFacts 7d ago

I vote McDizzlebraryface.

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u/Averill21 7d ago

Punch and pie

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u/Tha305kinG 7d ago edited 7d ago

I moved to Groningen in the Netherlands recently. Here we have this place in the Centrum called “The Forum”. It’s a brand new 10 story “library on steroids”, as I call it, with a rooftop observation deck and restaurant/cafe/bar up there. It’s an enormous public space with a library that flows right through every floor. You can speak as you normally would except in a small section of the eighth floors. There are books and workspaces everywhere, but to list off some other items you’d find here:

Restaurants, bars, cafes throughout

Public computers throughout

A cinema

A billiards lounge

A media lab

3D printing lab

A couple of children-driven areas

This sofa-Smart TV unit that you can just plop into with someone and chill

Groningen gift shop

Amazing views of the city

Might be missing a couple of things. All of this Is worked in with the flowing library on every floor. I highly recommend looking it up as an inspiration to your idea but also because the internal and external architecture is wicked.

Everything but the food, beverages, and cinema is free. The only thing that would complete this as the ultimate public venue is if there is a gym and a thermal bath spa

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u/quaywest 7d ago

Sounds like a student hub building you'd see on a college campus.

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u/myne 7d ago

So it's a Mallibrary

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u/TheOnlyAl66 7d ago

Man that sounds brilliant, I wish we have them here. It’d be good if they also had spaces for hire for meetings, conferences and interest groups etc. Sometimes I find it hard to find like-minded people with similar interests in the community, be great to have spaces to share interests.

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u/Nexustar 7d ago

Simple, just add coffee and little cakes.

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u/StardustLegend 7d ago

Literally what Barnes and noble did

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u/SingForMeBitches 7d ago

This American Life called libraries the Room of Requirement (a Harry Potter reference) because they provide so many services to fit so many needs. The whole episode is a great listen.

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u/ph30nix01 7d ago

Need to get more protections for libraries before they start trying to increase people coming in. Already groups trying to defund or get rid of public libraries.

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u/BudgeTheUnyielding 7d ago

I would love for my local library to offer workshops like that! As is, it does have a broad selection of written, audio and video media. I could absolutely imagine them tacking that on so they could rebrand as Media Libraries, or something to that effect.

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u/Renwuad 7d ago

I am also a former library.

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u/MaxHannibal 7d ago

I would still be homeless if it wasnt for the library. Im thankful to them everyday

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u/crypticgeek 7d ago

Every field has its challenges and blind spots. Regardless, don’t be too hard on your former colleagues. I think libraries and librarians are so under appreciated. When I was a kid we were pretty poor. We certainly didn’t have much of any disposable income. My parents worked hard to feed us food, but the library fed my imagination and my mind. It was indispensable. Books. Movies. Computer and Internet access. It gave me opportunities I never would have had otherwise. Most middle class tax payers probably don’t understand how much libraries mean to those who don’t have the same means as they do.

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u/Rubcionnnnn 7d ago

We're you a librarian recently? I'm curious how common 3d printers are in libraries are.

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u/saramarie16 7d ago

Pretty common!! Look into it where u r but usually at least one out of local branches has one

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u/saramarie16 7d ago

In a city I should say. Idk about rural

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u/YourrFriend 7d ago

i cant speak for all rural communities of course; but i live in a rural 'city' in west virginia, and our public library has one. ive always thought that if we had one all the way out here in BFE, then surely it's fairly commonplace elsewhere throughout the country as well.

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u/smashitandbangit 7d ago

I live in a pretty rural county and we have 3D printers. Granted they do spent a good amount of taxes on schools, libraries and parks.

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u/mynewnameonhere 7d ago edited 7d ago

As someone who spent a lot of time in the last year unemployed and bored due to illness, the library is fucking awesome. Buying books gets expensive when you’re mowing through them like crazy and your library can get you just about any book you want. Don’t think your local library is small so they probably won’t have it. Libraries are a network and they will track it down from another library and get it sent over for free. They also have music albums, movies, and tv shows that they will usually do the same for. And you can take those home and rip them so you have them forever. All for free!

Also, if you are in college or are a graduate and live near your school, usually alumni can use the library for life. Colleges network their libraries all across the country and you also get access to things with hugely expensive subscriptions like research articles and journals. You basically have access to anything published in any media ever.

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u/U238Th234Pa234U234 7d ago

Most also do audiobooks now as well. I had the same issue, where I burn through audiobooks quick. My library card has saved me hundreds.

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u/Comprehensive-Fun47 7d ago

You basically have access to anything published in any media ever.

Publishing companies don't really like this, but I think it's amazing and we are lucky to have libraries.

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u/funnyfarm299 7d ago

And sadly underfunded in many states.

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u/diddlysqt 7d ago

I try to bring up the Public Library system whenever I can as they need to know about this wonderful resource of knowledge and growth.

Gotta watch out for those exclusive neighborhood-only libraries though. They’re like Charter Schools to Public Schools—exclusive to Public.

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u/I_So_Tired 7d ago

My liquor store has something similar.

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u/groundhog_day_only 7d ago

A 25 cent late fee if you don't return on time?

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u/Grimorg 7d ago

Luckily I always returned the next day

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u/grahamca 7d ago

that's basically what a bottle deposit is

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u/Justificks 7d ago

Libraries are so much more than just books. You can rent games too in my local library for example

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u/cutelyaware 7d ago

Some will even loan tools

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u/Comprehensive-Fun47 7d ago

Many have free passes to local museums.

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u/cutelyaware 7d ago

It's so cool to see them reinventing themselves.

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u/Tsu_Dho_Namh 7d ago

Right? My library has a virtual reality setup.

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u/desnyr 7d ago

Mine has a digital streaming music service, a free documentary app called kanopy, and also ebook and audiobooks with axis360, hoopla, and overdrive. The online website hold system is great as well as the curbside pickup. How is everyone not going the local library? Feels so much better than going to a Barnes and noble these days.

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u/the_freshest_scone 7d ago

The library in the in the town I grew up in offered free tutoring. It was overall a very affluent area and people could generally afford private tutors for their kids if needed, but there was a small subsection of the town that was much lower income and I think that library service assisted a lot of kids that needed help with school

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u/Playstation_Nerd 7d ago

It's like a mix between renting at Blockbuster,and binging shows on Netflix. I love it!

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u/WizardofSorts 7d ago

But free.

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u/J_Sto 7d ago

I love picking up my reserved haul (my library has contact-less curbside right now) because it tricks my brain into thinking I bought something/went shopping.

I also have the library order a fair amount of material for me that they don't already have so I can check it out. It is very satisfying. So is reading the books, of course. :-D

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u/RandomAverages 7d ago

Well, no additional cost than the taxes you already pay.

I use Hoopla as a streaming service that’s included with my library card.

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u/StealinTime00 7d ago

Yes, libraries are free. Just sign up for a free membership, only charges are for late returns

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u/DarkestofFlames 7d ago

A lot of city libraries are waiving late fees because they found that many people will just never come back to the library because they can't afford to pay those fees. Libraries in major cities are sometimes the only place some poor/homeless can go to seek help finding work or to take classes. Libraries are incredibly valuable to us, a lot of people just don't realize it.

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u/whereami1928 7d ago

Los Angeles County just got rid of late fees as a whole. I guess the income from that was so minimal, that they'd rather people not stress about it.

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u/unassumingdink 7d ago

Free libraries are more a relic of better times with more useful social spending, than a new thing. If they were a new idea today, that shit would never fly. We absolutely can't do anything these days unless it makes rich dudes richer.

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u/haffbaked 7d ago

Forreal.

My parents live in a super typical Illinois suburb. Not a poor area, but not a wealthy one either (obviously has spots with nice and crummy sub divisions though). Maybe five or six years ago the town put on the ballot a vote for adding $10 a year to everyone’s taxes so they could renovate and add onto the library. It got voted down. Ten dollars a year was too much for a majority of voters in the town to ensure the library got improvements.

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u/Boss_Boggs 7d ago

I am honestly shocked that free libraries have not been done away with.

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u/BobodyBo 7d ago

I'd rather pay a library fee than have my $10k+ in medical debt lmaaaoo

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u/haffbaked 7d ago

Libraries have been free in the US as long as I’ve been alive (nearly 30 years), and longer than that I think.

Growing up I would say 90% of shows and movies my family watched came from the library. I’m sure my parents hate a handful of movies because my brother and I would try to borrow it from the library every single week.

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u/farnsworthparabox 7d ago

This is funny to me. For some reason, free public libraries became a thing in the US a long time ago and stuck. They are pretty much free everywhere here and provide a lot more than books for free to borrow. Nothing else is free.

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u/The_Modifier 7d ago

The UK's libraries are free too.

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u/mariekeap 7d ago

They're funded by taxpayers but yes, they are free at the point of service in the USA and Canada. It's the best! A lot of places are also getting rid of late fees including the city I live in.

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u/Antrikshy 7d ago

Tax supported, just need to sign up for a free card.

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u/bryanthebryan 7d ago

This needs advertisements! If I found out my local library had a mini blockbuster, I’d be a regular.

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u/camcat97 7d ago

My local library has video games. I just found that out when I visited the first time a few weeks ago.

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u/smashitandbangit 7d ago

On top of that a lot let you borrow e readers or tablets.

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u/Paradox711 7d ago

That is a brilliant ideas. I keep seeing so many cool stuff like this and really innovative ways of introducing culture coming out of libraries lately. Respect to all the librarians out there running this stuff.

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u/DutyOrDie 7d ago

My younger brother and I watched The Home Alone movie no less than 100 times as kids

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u/Texas_Crazy_Curls 7d ago

I saw it 14 times in the movie theater when it was released. I’m the same age as Macaulay and thought it was the coolest movie ever made.

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u/Turt1estar 7d ago

That Spider-man binge box and I…

are gonna have a hell of a time!

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u/Horace_P_MctittiesIV 7d ago

Genius

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u/Iohet 7d ago

Real Genius...

Willow, Top Gun, Top Secret!

The essential Val Kilmer 80s Bingebox

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u/groundhog_day_only 7d ago

Patrons: All right, I know I'm in the mood for <category>. Now, let's see how much time I can waste pacing around grappling with decision-making anxiety over a specific movie.

Library: Let's just zip tie you out of that whole second phase.

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u/CrazedKnightCK 7d ago

I need the Akira one !

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u/hat-of-sky 7d ago

I like that they have some curated categories. Cracks me up that the Royalty one starts with Braveheart. What's next, "Di And I"?

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u/Naakturne 7d ago

What else is in the Akira box?!

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u/ryannefromTX 7d ago

Yeah I wanna know what they've got in there with Akira

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u/Automationdomination 7d ago

I'd bet Ghost in the Shell and spirited away. If they were super cool it'd be Ghost in the Shell and Paprika

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u/Blossomie 7d ago

If not Paprika, then I'd bet another Satoshi Kon movie like Tokyo Godfather would be in there.

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u/PegasusTenma 7d ago

Definitely ghost in the shell

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u/Tripleberst 7d ago

Oh my God, the LOTR trilogy in a binge box at a library! These people are saints.

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u/willyy_13 7d ago

Not just the LOTR trilogy but the hobbit trilogy as well. Definitely going to have a late fee returning that one😂

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u/goatharper 7d ago

You can renew, usually online, and if you run out of renewals, call and the librarian will almost always do a manual override and renew it again, unless someone has asked to reserve it when it's returned.

Source: am volunteer at the local library. We try harder.

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u/Moothead3 7d ago

Yeah but on the other hand it's the Hobbit.

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u/CurlSagan 7d ago

On the other side of the binge boxes, they keep the purge boxes. You do not want go open the purge boxes.

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u/Steel_Anxiety 7d ago

I just clicked the "Play" button on the picture of the TV screen thinking there were more pictures

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u/RothkoRathbone 7d ago

Amadeus and Selena?

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u/Dandibear 7d ago

Musician biopics. I think that's a terribly clever combo!

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u/bthug27 7d ago

Former librarian here. This are at many libraries. Circulation seems to vary depending on library. Not sure why or how this became a thing when ppl can usually just rent movies separately and that would do more to help libraries and their declining circulation.

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u/RuhWalde 7d ago

I would assume this is in response to feedback that it can be difficult to get all the items in a series promptly & in the correct order to have the complete experience.

I certainly have that experience when I try to get book series from the library. If I'm not very careful with how I manage my holds, they'll either come in all out of order, or I have to wait months between each installment. That's the type of thing that can make it seem like too much of a hassle to use the library.

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u/ilkerssone 7d ago

Current librarian. We find this boosts circulation in our location. Bundles do not have their own catalog entry so each item is circulated individually. People walk by displays like this and end up leaving with a bundle when they came in with zero plans to walk out with movies/games/whatever is in that particular bundle.

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u/PendingBen 7d ago

This is a product provided by my parent company in order to give people more options and a wider array of content when they are checking out DVDs

In reality they're probably mostly just a way to sell more physical product to libraries in a digitally oriented world, but the library is a great, free place to go to pick up a movie like the old days and the owners of the company have always loved giving patrons access to more and more options to watch

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u/manbarizza 7d ago

Sorry, english is not my language and I couldnt figure out even with a translator... What is a Binge Box?

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u/Denpants 7d ago

Binge is to consume a lot of something at once. It is used in the context of eating but people also use it to describe watching lots of TV at once or playing lots of video games at once

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u/manbarizza 7d ago

I got it! Thank you for your kind answer!

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u/Sparrow1989 7d ago

I wonder what’s in the Anime Classics

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u/tsrzero 7d ago

Cool idea!

Just an FYI for some people regarding their notion of libraries:

1) A library isn't simply a place that "stores books". It has librarians in it who are trained in information literacy. They can and effectively will train you how to research properly if you request them to.

2) A public library's selection will usually depend on the patrons' requests. So if you walk into a library that has a lot of "liberal trash" thats probably because most of its patrons are liberal. Usually more objective selections are chosen by librarians who specialize in creating collections, although they typically operate in an academic library setting. So if you want to see less "liberal trash" in your local public library, all you need to do is make a request to the librarians to house those materials. Acting like the librarians are all anti-Islamic because you visited the library once and didn't see books you like just means you have no idea how it works.

3) Libraries are supposed to have as much information as possible. They can house good sources as well as trash ones. The purpose behind a library is to have information be accessible to everyone. Censorship is not acceptable for the institution, because it is believed that one can also learn from bad information (e.g. how to discern between a good and bad source).

4) A library is often better than the Internet because at the very least, in the former, there are information professionals who can assist you in determining how to properly research, as well as giving you access to materials that you may have not otherwise found online.

5) Libraries also teach courses (usually for free) to underprivileged members of the population who cannot afford to take said courses (i.e. university). Many individuals obtain their GEDs from libraries, their citizenship tests, and even learn programming. There are also many individuals (even in the West) who cannot afford the Internet, so they go to the library to gain access. Many students also require the library to learn and study.

6) Academic libraries are essential institutions for the university. Librarians not only assists students, but staff and faculty as well. This is especially the case for high-end academic research. Librarians may also be utilized to fashion curriculum for the university. University archives are also housed in the on-campus library.

7) The reason you have academic databases online and a number of other credible resources is because librarians put them online. So saying "we don't need libraries/librarians because we have the Internet" is a little absurd.

And that's all I got for now. Take care :)

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u/bobbyphillipps 7d ago

This is awesome!

17-year library employee here (not a Librarian - don't have the degree), and I'm the one who orders audiovisual materials for our library. We're currently looking into these for our collection too. Super cool to see them in the wild! If you don't mind, do you know for how long your library allows you to check these out?

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u/Sendmeupdates 7d ago

It says right on them: 3-week checkout, no renewals, $0.25 per day overdue fee

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u/Cumglpr 7d ago

Where’s the not on Netflix section

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u/CTHULHU_RDT 7d ago

Can I binge binge boxes though?

I'll take all the marvel phases, Tolkien, Anime Classics and back to the future to top it off

Edit: Ok, and Alien, but then I need tear jerkers too to smooth it out

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u/Eagle_Nebula7 7d ago

Wow, they even have the MCU sperated by phases! This is such a cool idea!

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u/dbowman97 7d ago

I approve of any chance to appreciate how awesome libraries are.

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u/rmphilli 7d ago

Goddamn I fucking love a library

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u/TornadoQuakeX 6d ago

One does not simply binge the two Tolkien trilogies. That's like a long weekend vacation.

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u/mklilley351 7d ago

I can completely binge on that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! That's a national treasure!

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u/FlannelBeard 7d ago

My family watches it every Christmas Eve together. It's a great time. So many great lines.

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u/PatagiaGolem 7d ago

This is brilliant! Only flaw I see is the excessive use of zip ties.