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.
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.