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Video Resources at Vassar Library

Videos in the Vassar College Library

The primary purpose of the VHS/DVD collection is to support the instructional needs of Vassar College faculty, students and staff.  The collection supports and enriches the college’s cultural and intellectual resources.

We have videos in DVD, VHS and laserdisc formats.  To the extent possible, we are continuously replacing VHS and laserdisc materials with DVDs.  If you find that a title in an older format that you would like to have available in DVD, please use a video acquisition form to request its replacement.

The collection is intended to reflect the interests and needs of  Vassar faculty and students, and we encourage your suggestions and feedback.

Video Collection

What is in the Video Collection and where are the collections located?

Our video collection includes streaming video, DVDs, and VHS tapes.  The DVD collection in the Main Library is located in the Periodical Room, next to the Class of '51 Reading Room on the second floor. Music Library videos are kept at the Music Library Circulation Desk.

How can I identify the videos that are available ?

Search the online catalog for a keyword, title, or subject.  Choose Videos from the pulldown menu to search all video formats and locations.

Where do I pick up a recalled DVD?

If you recalled a DVD and you've been notified that it's waiting for you at the Library, go to the Circulation & Reserves Desk.  Please note that DVDs on hold are returned to the shelves after 3 days.

How can I request a video for purchase by the library?

Faculty, students, and administrators may request that the library purchase a video by using the Video Acquisition Request Form.  

How do I book a DVD for classroom use?

Faculty who wish to schedule a DVD for classroom use should complete the Video Screening Form.

All videos must be picked up from the Reserves Office (Room 164, located off the hallway behind the Library Classroom 160), open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How can faculty put videos on reserve?

We make videos that are required viewing for courses available in streaming format to the extent possible. Please see the Streaming Services page for details.

Occasionally, we are unable to provide streaming access due to licensing and copyright issues. In these cases, faculty can put DVDs on reserve for a course using the Reserve FormDVDs on reserve for a course are limited to a shorter circulation period (4 hours vs. 1 day), and their circulation is limited to students and faculty (not staff and administrators).