The Brooklyn Public Library may replace its DVD inventory with a Netflix subscription. According to the NY Post, talks are underway to offer free Netflix deliveries to any Brooklyn resident with a library card. The proposal makes sense when you consider the challenge of maintaining a DVD collection in fifty-eight branches.
“DVDs are very expensive to buy, and they’re also very expensive to move because they’re delicate,” Vitali said.
“Instead of buying the DVDs, we’d be outsourcing from Netflix to, in effect, create a free inventory of DVDs that would be available to our customers.”
One possible snag. Netflix isn’t aware talks are underway, and a spokesman “seemed surprised by the news.” Still, this is a landmark idea we would love to see broadly implemented, even if it meant interacting with the Brooklyn post office. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER