My wife spoke with one of her favorite librarians last night and got the details on why our library changed the hold process: Compact Discs.
It seems that it is not uncommon for employees to spend four hours pulling compact discs to fill holds. It's also not uncommon for people to have 100 or more compact discs on hold (especially from the Aboite area, though I'm not exactly sure why). There's even one patron who has, and I quote, "much more than one hundred" CDs out at any given time.
So it's obvious that they are ripping these CDs, possibly for profit, and abusing the system. What irks me is that the library has identified the problem and instead of focusing on fixing the problem instead issues a blanket policy that affects homeschoolers. They already have a policy where you cannot place holds on 3-Day DVDs and you are limited to checking out six at a time. If Compact Discs are the problem why not have a similar policy?
BAH! HUMBUG! Contact your local librarian and give 'em an earful!