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Why is the UDPL no long maintaining a video game collection?

  • Molly Kane
  • Aug. 2, 2021

The Upper Dublin Public Library selects and maintains collections in support of its mission. The emphasis of the collection is on acquiring materials of wide-ranging interests and relevancy to the general public and offering choice of subjects, perspectives, and formats that meet most interest and demand within current budget limitations.

The UDPL Video Game Collection, which started in 2008, offered games, in disc format, compatible with the Sony Playstation, Nintendo Wii, and Microsoft Xbox platforms. Very popular with patrons in its early days, the borrowing steadily dropped over the years as newer gaming options became available, including smaller, more fragile cards, like for Nintendo Switch, that could be easily damaged or lost, and games that could be directly downloaded. Faced with limited options for expanding the existing disc collections and the community’s decreasing interest in video game disc borrowing, the decision was made to stop developing the collection in 2017. The Library continued to loan what it had acquired until its move to the new Library in 2020 at which point the collection was retired.

While the UDPL primarily focuses on collecting books and other reading materials (in all formats), we are committed to seeking materials of wide-ranging interest and use to the general public, and will continue to consider and evaluate opportunities to add new, relevant formats as they arise.