Originally Posted by Kumabjorn
That is exactly the problem in Sweden. Libraries pay per loan and have now implemented restrictions on how many loans you can make. The benefit is that a book is never "out" when you want to loan it, but you may have to bide your time if your are maxed out.
I can see the benefits of the Swedish system for the consumer, but one Harry Potter-like "best-seller" available as an eBook could be a financial catastrophe for the library system.