The New York Public Library has announced that its eVideo circulating service will allow users to check out free films 24 hours a day. eVideo, the newest addition to The New York Public Library's eCollection, which currently includes eBooks, eAudio, and eMusic, is now accessible to all patrons with a New York Public Library borrower's card. eVideos can be downloaded onto PCs, laptops, and mobile devices.
New York Public Library cardholders will have access to more than 200 films, including classics like Federico Fellini's 8 1/2; Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief; and Fritz Lang's Spiders; filmed stage productions such as Hamlet, The Tempest, and The Glass Menagerie; and a selection of IMAX films, including Coral Reef Adventure and Mystery of the Nile. The collection also includes numerous music films featuring performers such as The Ramones, James Brown, Cher, and Tupac Shakur. In addition, there are titles for children and young adults, including educational films like How Does That Work: Simple Machines, and Volcanoes of the Deep Sea. Up to 12 titles from the eCollection may be borrowed at one time and each may be kept as long as three weeks for eAudio, eBooks, eMusic, and seven days for eVideo. Users may place holds on titles that are not available when all copies are in circulation. At the end of each loan period, access to the titles will expire and they will be automatically checked-in and made available for other users.