Story and pictures by Matthew Liedke
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..”
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.
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.”
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.