The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is like Blockbuster’s backup for movies

I really freaking miss Blockbuster. I never know what to watch on Netflix and approximately 77 percent of the time, I start streaming a movie, decide I don’t like it, start another one, decide I don’t like it, and then just give up. Redbox is nice, but Blockbuster had it all — the huge movie selection, the array of TV shows and the ability to sift through the shelves of options by hand.

It was a beautiful thing.

Then I realized we basically have Blockbuster’s backup: The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. If you get a library card, you have access to movie rentals across the 20 library branches (though ImaginOn doesn’t necessarily have DVDs geared toward adults, a Library staff member clarified).

The offerings

The DVDs you see across the branches have been selected by Amy Richard, Supervisor for the Materials Management department of the Library, for three years.

Such as the DVDs packing the five long shelves at the Morrison Regional branch, where comedy selections include “A Long Way Down” with Pierce Brosnan, “In Case of You” with Justin Long, and the ever popular “Forrest Gump” with Tom Hanks. New rentals (the ones that go for $2) include “Burnt” with Bradley Cooper, “Far From the Madding Crowd” (so good) with Carey Mulligan, and “Steve Jobs” with Michael Fassbender (still need to see this).

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The rental details

– You can rent a fiction DVD for three days at no cost.
– You can rent a new (from the past year) fiction DVD for three days for $2.
– You can rent nonfiction DVDs for three weeks for free.
– You shall pay $1 per day in overdue fines.
– At home, you can indulge in a large streaming movie collection via the Library’s digital resources OverDrive and hoopla.

How the selection process works