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Does My Library Need Videogames?

October 20, 2011

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This past week I sat in a library to study for my Information Modeling class. The library was newly built and had many patrons which was surprising as it was a nice day out and a government holiday. As I sat there I asked: could this library use a videogame system?

When does a library decide to add videogames to their collection? ¬†As this site is about videogames the quick answer would be “Yes” as I could list hundreds of resources that say videogames help libraries. On the other hand, we must remember that every good service has to meet the needs of its patrons.

In this specific instance, what the library needed was access to the internet, use of computers and a quiet space to read, study for an exam or apply for a job. This library in my opinion was meeting the needs of its patrons. Could the library use videogames to increase library usage and increase the number of people in the door? I would say of course they could. However, if the library has a choice between getting more computers or getting a video game system then even this lover of video games would say get the computers.

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