The Netflix model (picking DVDs online and delivering them at home with no late fees) has always been very attractive to libraries, but so far nobody ever dare to try it.
As expected one public library already signed with Netflix to deliver DVDs to customers. Here is a how it works at Exeter Public Library in Rhode Island.
"The Library has subscribed to Netflix, the online movie rental service. Now, if there is a title you are looking for that isn't on our shelves or the shelves of any other RI library, you can request that we get it through Netflix for you.
How it works: you place a paper or e-mail request with us. If the title is not readily available through the regular library delivery system, we will go into our Netflix account and order it for you. When the movie arrives, we will notify you and you can check it out for one week with your library card – just like the movies we own. Depending on how popular the service become, your DVDs should arrive very quickly."
Via: The Shifted Librarian