We are six months into circulating board games at the Bucks County Library System. Let’s see what has changed from last time!
Circulation of Board Games
- 2 Week circulation period
- 1 renewal
- Check out 5 games at a time
- Holds can be placed
- Games do not float
- Late fees are $.20 per day with a $5 max
- No replacement fee for lost parts
- Games are bagged and must be returned to the service desk
The Most Popular:
Escape: The Curse of the Temple (16): This one is still the reigning champion and going strong. Everyone loves Escape and it is barely in the library.
The Most Holds:
Ticket to Ride (6 holds on it currently): I don’t often check how many holds the games have but when I do, Ticket to Ride is always at the top of the list. Everyone wants it.
The Steady Performer:
7 Wonders (15): 7 Wonders had a strong presence last time I checked and is still only slightly behind the front runner, Escape. The big difference is that 7 Wonders is often picked up for gaming nights. It is a constant contender at the library “Board Game for Grownups” gaming night.
Pandemic (11): Poor Pandemic had zero circulations last time I checked and now it is up to 11! It just took some time to get acclimated, I suppose. I’m pretty sure it will keep on climbing higher as well. I still can’t account for the slow start but it is nice to see it back in the swing of things.
Carcassonne (12): Oh Carcassonne…we still love you, you old-timer. This venerable sir/madam gets it’s most use during board game events and has been picked up off of the display and played on the floor a few times.
The Complete List:
- Escape (16)
- 7 Wonders, Forbidden Island (15)
- Alhambra, Stone Age, Ticket to Ride (14)
- Hanabi, 10 Days in Africa, Kingdom Builder, Rory’s Story Cubes, Fauna, Survive: Escape from Atlantis (13)
- Carcassonne (12)
- Pandemic (11)
- King of Tokyo, Small World, Mascarade, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Catan (10)
- Citadels, Going Going Gone, Takenoko, Timeline (9)
- Dominion, Walk the Dogs, Monster Factory, Once Upon a Time, Dixit (8)
- Tsuro of the Seas, Puerto Rico, Save Dr. Lucky, Jamaica (7)
- Enchanted Forest, Power Grid, Cosmic Encounter, Bohnanza, Freedom the Underground Railroad (<6)
- Be careful about labeling the boxes. With smaller games, the inventory list, the bar-code, and whatever crap your library likes to adhere to your media will obscure the box-top. And that box-top helps sell the game to people.
- Keep the display close to the desk and up-sell all the time. When an opening presents itself to promote the collection, I do so. If people are interested, I treat it like a reference interview and find the perfect game for them (this is hard when most everything is checked out but that is a good problem).
- Take time to play and teach games from the circulation desk. Small games like Hanabi or Love Letter are perfect for a quick teach at the table. The take-away I hope to achieve is that the library has something new and interesting to offer.
- Couple your display with signage for your board game events.