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How do I find a film on DVD or VHS? Can I view films on DVD, VHS, Blu-Ray etc. in the library?

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Academic and Popular Film Collections

The DVDs are on the First Floor next to the Reference Area. The Academic Film Collection is to the right of the Reference Desk. The Popular Film Collection begins after the Academic Collection and Blu-Rays and wraps around on the shelves to the left of the Reference Desk.

 

Browsing Our DVDs

The DVD cases are located on the main floor of the library, to the left and the right of the Reference Desk when you come down the stairs or by elevator from the library entrance.

They are arranged in two collections:

  • Popular Collection (Yellow Signs), which can be checked out for 7 days
  • Academic Collection (Blue Signs), which are used for academic courses and can be checked out for 5 hours and viewed in the library.

Once you select the DVD(s) you want, bring the case(s) to the Circulation Desk to check out the discs. You may check out a maximum of 3 DVDs at a time.

Note that DVDs are arranged by the accession number listed on the spine of the case. These represent the order in which the Library received a film, and does not solely represent "new releases."  Newly acquired DVDs will be at the end of either collection. 

Finding a Particular Film or a List of What We Have

You can search for films by using the Film tab on the library homepage. You can also use the Finding Films guide to search for films by genre, date, or title.

VHS Tapes

If you're looking for a VHS tape, please use the search box on the Finding Films guide.

Blu-ray Films

The Library has a growing collection of blu-rays. See our FAQ on Finding Blu-rays.

Can I view films on DVD, VHS, etc. in the library?

Yes, you can view most DVDs on our computers. You must use headphones when watching films in the library. You can check out headphones from the Circulation Desk if you don't have your own.

We also have viewing rooms if you'd like to view a film on VHS or Blu-Ray, or watch a film with a few other people at the same time. For information on viewing DVDs from other regions, please see our page on DVD regions.

Academic Film Collection

The Academic DVD Collection (blue signs) is located to the RIGHT of the Reference Desk.

popular film collection

The Popular DVD Collection (yellow signs) is located to the RIGHT (see photo at top of FAQ) AND LEFT of the Reference Desk.

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