Fargo Public Library offers free DVDs for rent.

Story and pictures by Matthew Liedke

MSUM Journalism

These days, it seems the fast and reliable to rent any movie is from Netflix.  However, if you don’t want to pay $15 a month, there is one place that has a wide variety of movies to rent all the time. It’s the Fargo Public Library and according to Fargo’s website, it has nearly 10,000 DVDsavailable for people to rent.

Television is the main attraction.

The highest amount DVDs that are rented out from the library are television series and it’s easy to see why. The library has a wide variety of television series spanning both time and genre. Their collection includes “Friends,” “M*A*S*H,” “C.S.I.,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Smallville,” and “The O.C..”

Full Series To Rent

TV Shows of Many Genres

The films they do have.

The Library still has plenty of regular films  from old comedies like “Space Balls” to modern musicals like “Chicago.” The entire “Star Wars” and “Superman” sagas are even\available there. The Library gets DVDs similar to how  other rental stores such as,  Block Buster or Take 2 Video, get their films. The Library selects and purchases DVDs and box sets for the collection.

Legendary Sagas Available

It’s about the entertainment.

It turns out  that despite being an establishment mainly for education, teachers and professors rarely pick up documentaries or other educational videos. According to library worker, Tom Seim, the library attracts more of  the typical demographics who are mainly after some good entertainment without the price.

Gaming culture involved too.

The library not only has films and television series available to the public, but video games as well. It offers a wide collection of video games from a number of platforms. These include Playstations 2 and 3, Xbox and its successor Xbox 360, as well as the Nintendo Wii. The most popular video games  put out are “Halo” and first party Nintendo games like “Mario Party.”

Wii Games At The Library

XBox 360 Games Are Available As Well

Catching up can be difficult.

The library does have a lot of films and games at its disposal. However, it probably won’t be able to compete on a level like Netflix for quite some time. The library is able to rent out books online to people through the iPad, but Seim believes  the library is far away from actually being able to rent out movies or games despite the available technology.  The main reason is because of how much bandwidth it would take for the library.

Despite not having as large of a collection as other official rental places, the library is still a great place to go. Not only does it have a variety of both DVDs and games, but you can rent them out for free! Next time you feel like getting a film, skip the Redbox and see what’s available at the Fargo Public Library downtown.

For all the information you need on the Fargo Public library, go to the official website here.

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Deneen Gilmour is the MSUM professor who channels her senior students' work onto this blog. The stories and multimedia here are created by each semester's Mass Comm 405/Writing for the Web class. Gilmour was a daily newspaper journalist for 16 years before getting her Ph.D. and moving into academia. She and her husband, Jim, have a 20-year-old son and two daughters, 8 and 10.

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