LIMA — With 39 video games to start with, 30 of them were snatched up on the first day they were available for check out at the Lima Public Library.
“With the grant from the Lima Library Association, we were able to start a small collection and just see how well our customers would respond to it. And so far so good,” Dani Mantz, reference librarian, said on day two of the new initiative.
The library association donated $1,000 for the library to begin having video games available.The association is an independent, nonprofit group that works to support the library.
The new collection includes a variety of games for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 consoles, and can be found in the AV area. Most of the videos are rated E (everyone) or E10+, with a few rated T (teen) or M (mature).
The “Call of Duty,” “Assassin’s Creed” and “Halo” titles are the most recognizable in the new collection, but sports games, dance and historical games are also included, along with a variety of adventure games, including “Fable III,” “Endless Ocean,” “Rune Factory,” and “Rise of the Guardians.”
The library plans to add more games, but wanted to first see which were the most popular. Surveys are also available at the library for people to suggest new games.
Video games can be checked out for seven days, and borrowers are limited to one game at a time. Overdue fees for video games are $1 per day, up to the cost of replacing them. It is the same fee for DVDs.
“Quick turn around is always a goal for us and because it is such a small collection, we are really encouraging people to return them on time so others can access the games as well,” Mantz said.
Video games are not entirely new for the library. It has been holding video game nights for teenagers for many years and those will continue.
“Our video game nights have always been popular,” said teen librarian Steve Moser. “And we plan to continue offering them as part of our Teen Tuesday programming.”