Introducing the IVG Game Library
Console games can be expensive, even when you buy and sell them pre-owned in the IVG Trading Post. So, with so many great games coming out, as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X games to come, it’s the perfect time for us to bring back the IVG Game Library.
The IVG Game Library is an initiative we had first started in 2008, and for those who weren’t IVG members back then, the concept it simple. IVG community members volunteer to donate a game (or multiple games) that other members are free to borrow for a limited period of time. There are no fees involved, and no middlemen.
The library system is built on trust, and so there are a few eligibility criteria members would have to meet to be allowed to borrow or lend games in the IVG Game Library. You can read more about those eligibility criteria, library rules and other details below.
20 reputation points + 5 positive trading feedbacks OR 50 reputation points
Donate a game that is approved by IVG Library Staff (see list of staff below)
Game donated must be on a current-gen platform that people will be interested in playing
Only disc-based console games are accepted
Games without original box and cover would be accepted
The IVG Library Staff will judge whether a game is eligible for entry into the IVG Library
The member who is sending the game bears the cost of courier
Sender must use a well-reputed courier service to ship games to other members
Donor agrees that if a game is lost or damaged, no compensation will be due
If more than one person wants a game, a wait list will be created by the donor
Donor may not ask for the game back while it is with a borrow during its borrowing period
Donor may ask for the game back once borrowing period is over and there are no other members in the wait list
Members may donate more than one game; additional games do not require Library Staff approval
Borrowing period would be 2 weeks from date of receipt. In exceptional cases where games are long, it can be 1 month. Borrowing period to be decided by Library staff
Once the borrowing period is over, member must courier game to next person in wait list
A member may only borrow a new game once the previously borrowed game has been received by next borrower or donor
If there is no one in the wait list, game may be kept until someone else requests it or returned to donor – whatever donor prefers
Members may not borrow more than one game at a time
Once you have met the above library membership criteria, you may contact one of the IVG Library Staff members
When contacting IVG Library Staff member, mention 1) The game you would like to donate, 2) The platform, and 3) The condition of the game – with/without box, etc
Final decision on whether a game will be accepted into the library rests with the Library Staff
Once membership into library is approved, donor must open a new topic/thread in the IVG Library section
Library game threads must follow the naming system: [LIB] Name of game (Platform). For example, if you are donating Doom Eternal for PS4, the thread title should be [LIB] Doom Eternal (PS4)
Donor must share pics of the game and box at the time of listing it in the library along with picture carrying IVG display name and date – games without original box will also be accepted
Donor must also reserve the first reply in that thread, which he must update as and when the game has been borrowed or returned. It must also contain the wait list for the game
When the game is requested by a library member, the donor must dispatch the same at the earliest convenience. Cost to be borne by sender.
Donor is obliged to lend donated game to any library member who requests the game
Members interested in borrowing a game must comment in the game’s respective library thread
Before borrowing a game, the member must show their post proving that previously borrowed game has been returned
Borrower must update the game’s library thread once the game is received
If received in damaged condition, borrower must share photos displaying the damage. If condition is not disclosed, it would be assumed that the game was received in good condition
Borrowers must abide by the borrowing time periods
Upon completion of borrowing period, borrower must dispatch the game to the next borrower on the wait list. Cost to be borne by the sender.
If there are no other borrowers in the wait list, donor may request for it back. If so, dispatch game back to donor. Cost to be borne by sender
IVG Game Library Staff