Nanuet Library Board Discusses DVD Thefts, Repairs

At the monthly trustees meeting the necessity of repairs to the library were discussed. Also two members of the Rockland County Office of Probation attended the meeting to discuss the access registered sex offenders have to the Nanuet Library.


The Nanuet Library Board met on Wednesday evening to discuss DVD thefts and necessary building repairs. They also talked about the issue of registered sex offenders having access to the Nanuet Library. Read more about that discussion in this . 


The Board discussed the Library’s antiquated air conditioning system.  The approximately 40-year-old system currently has one broken coil, which is no longer manufactured.  Library Director Gretchen Bell is currently waiting to hear from Honeywell, the air conditioning company, to see if the part can be replaced.  If the part cannot be found, the Board will have to consider other options.

The Board will be setting up a meeting with Honeywell to discuss replacing the current system.  They will be looking for a new air conditioning system that will be affordable in the present, as well as a system that is affordable when it comes to yearly service fees. 

The Board also discussed the need to make a list of the necessary repairs for the coming years for the library.  This list will hopefully allow the Board to predict much-needed renovations before there is a major problem.

Trustee-elect Tim Donnelly also reiterated the Boards interest in providing the library with necessary updates. 

“With the Board, I would like to create an comfortable and safe environment for everyone,” Donnelly said. 

DVD Thefts

The issue of  from the library was also covered.  The library staff compiled a report that compares DVD theft statistics, shelving capacity within the library and the cost of the implementation of a security system for the library’s AV collection.

The report shows that from January 2009-June 2012 184 DVDs have been stolen from the library.  These stolen DVDs have been valued at approximately $3,702. 

The cheapest security system that could be put in place at the library, for the DVDs only, would cost $21,000, with an additional yearly cost of $4,000.  The Board has deemed the purchase of such a security system to not be “fiscally responsible”. 

Measures are currently being taken to make more space behind the circulation desk so more DVDs can be kept there.  This would prevent theft because the title would have to be checked out before the library patron is given the materials.

Kevin Zawacki (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Sorry to hear about the DVD thefts -- I love that libraries offer card-holders such great movie selections.
Alan Terkel June 29, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Well it's good to hear that any Nanuet board decides not to dump money for a change
Docrick June 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Amen to “fiscally responsible"
Oleg Boyarsky June 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
We have been selling the system specifically designed to eliminate DVD theft in libraries for the last 3 years at a cost of less than $13,999 with a self-check included. Hundreds of libraries can't be wrong :) Check it out at: www.allCIRC.com / 856-566-4121
Summit Technology August 28, 2012 at 06:51 AM
DVD thefts repairs has been discussed here. Good post http://www.summittechnology.com.au <a href="http://www.summittechnology.com.au">DVD Duplicator</a>
Promodisc September 21, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Sad to know about the theft of DVDs and it is good that Nanuel board is not dumping money for charge. http://www.promodisc.org/dvd-replication


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