Northumberland has offered this service for some time.
Our experience is that unabridged versions are much
preferred although the 2-cassette poetry and
shortstory titles are quite popular. Some classic
authors (Austen, Eliot, Dickens etc. are popular but
mainstream popular authors go best. Choose much as
you would your fiction books. Light romances don't
seem to issue but biographies and rural life/people's
history titles go well. We've stayed out of
The tapes are treated as books other than the loan
charge 60p for the 3wk loan period. Be prepared for
a heavy demand, once commuters and ironers know that
you're offering the service!
Security doesn't seem to be a problem - I don't think
there's much demand for this sort of material on the
Up til now we've only offered cassettes; have just
started to purchase the odd children's title on CD
(Harry Potter - surprise, surprise!) so can't help
Assistant Librarian (Hexham)
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