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Videos

What is in the video collection?

Our video collection includes DVDs, streaming, and video cassettes (VHS). The collection represents the teaching and research needs of the college community, and provides entertainment as well. In general, we purchase videos when they are requested for curricular and community needs. You may request that the library add a video to our collection here.

Where do I find videos in the Library?

DVDs in the Main Library are located next to the Class of '51 Reading Room on the second floor; DVDs and VHS on Reserve are held at the Main Circulation Desk, and VHS tapes are in Stack 1, in the Art Stacks.  In the Music Library, videos are behind the Music Library Circulation Desk, where they can be requested.

We are continuously replacing VHS with DVD and streaming formats. If you notice that we have a title in VHS only, and you require it for a course, please fill out a Video Acquisition Form and we'll try to get it in DVD or streaming format.

How do I find videos in our collection?

Search the online catalog for a keyword, title, or subject.  Choose Film and Video from the menu to search within the video collection.

What are the loan periods and late fees for videos?

  Students Staff Faculty
DVDs 3 days 3 days 1 week
VHS 3 days 3 days 1 week
Reserves DVD/VHS 4 hours N/A 4 hours

Where Do I Pick Up a Recalled Video?

An email will be sent when your video is available, which can be picked up at the circulation desk.  Please note that if you are unable to pick up your item within 3 days, it will be returned to the shelf.

How Do I Request that the Libraries Acquire a Video?

Faculty and students may suggest videos to support their work be ordered for the collection by using the Video order form.

FOR FACULTY AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

How Do I Book Videos for Classroom Use?

If you plan to host a class screening using a Library DVD, please fill out a Video Screening Form in order to ensure that it will be available for the screening. These videos can be picked up from the reserves office (Room 146) Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m or at the circulation desk after these hours.

How Do I Put Videos on Reserve and get Streaming Access for a Video Required for a Course?

The library will attempt to get a digital streaming license and/or work within the Fair Use Guidelines to provide streaming access via course moodle sites.

If we own a DVD and you are requiring that students in a course watch this video on their own time, please fill out a Streaming Video Request Form.  If we do not own the video in DVD or streaming format, please fill out a Video Acquisitions Request Form. You'll see that the form includes questions about whether you require streaming access for course reserves.

A Word about Kanopy

The library gets licenses for streaming video access on Kanopy, in addition to several other academic streaming platforms. These licenses expire after one or three years.

If you know that a streaming license is available but not active in the Kanopy collection, please either request it through Kanopy, or fill out a Streaming Video Request Form.

If you see in our catalog that we have a video you require for a course licensed via Kanopy, please fill out a Streaming Video Request Form with your course details, so that we can make sure that the license doesn't expire mid-semester. Please note if you plan to require it for a course for more than one year, since we license titles in one and three year increments.

Please let Film and Video Librarian Gretchen Lieb know if you have any questions about the library's video collection.

 

Research guides for videos