Should libraries be in the video business?

Toronto Star – “Allan Tong has a more particular reason than most for availing himself of DVDs distributed through the Toronto Public Library. The Toronto documentary filmmaker is leaving for Sierra Leone next week to make a film about amputee soccer players. As background, he recently borrowed a copy of Murderball, a 2005 documentary about wheelchair rugby. “If there’s something obscure that I need to watch, it helps me with my research,” he says, after returning the DVD to the St. Lawrence branch on Front St. E. Vested interest aside, Tong is nonplussed by recent comments from Toronto budget chief Mike Del Grande that the public library system should not be in the business of duplicating services available at video stores.”

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