I am a huge supporter of the public library. I talk about the library and the books I receive on an almost daily basis because I love what they have to offer. There is something incredible and unique about being able to walk into a space and take an item without paying for it, but rather scanning your card and being given a due date. You can place a hold on as many books as you’d like, on whatever topic seems to interest you at the time. You can check out books, e-books, DVDs, and a variety of other materials.
Last week, I checked out a DVD for the first time from the library. I had been wanting to watch Patriots Day, so it seemed like a great idea to find it at the library instead of paying at Target/Walmart or Amazon. When my check out receipt printed I noticed a new feature located at the bottom:
Value of Materials Checked Out
The librarian was sitting at the counter so I decided to ask whether this was a feature just on the receipts of the DVDs or if this would be appearing on all check out receipts. She said it was a brand new feature that would be located on the bottom of every receipt. She also mentioned that there were mixed opinions about the new feature…
However, it’s possible that I squeaked with happiness because I love seeing how much money I’m saving by using the free public resources that are available to me. I’d be spending a huge amount of money by purchasing books if I didn’t have the library available. I feel that it’s a great feature to show everyone using the services the worth of the library in hopes of sparking more love and interest in helping out with the library.
The other side of the argument is that people don’t like to have the amount rubbed in their faces that they are saving by using the library? I don’t quite understand that perspective because nothing is changing when you are checking out your items – you’re merely just seeing how much you are saving by using these services that are paid for by your tax dollars.
I’m 100% for showing the patrons the value of the public library and I plan on tracking how much money I save over the course of the year by loaning out library books.
If the amount you saved began popping up on the bottom of your check out receipts, how would you feel? Do you think that this is a beneficial feature?