Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2018     Views: 1642

Blu-ray cases on the shelf.

Checking out films on Blu-ray:

Most of the Library's film collection is in DVD format, however, we also have Blu-rays and are acquiring more all the time.The process of looking up and checking out Blu-rays is the same as checking out a DVD. See our FAQ on Finding DVDs for more info.

1. To find a specific Blu-ray, check the library catalog and write down the call number (ex: "Circulation Desk. Blu-ray 9. Available"). Search by film title, director's name, etc.  The call number tells you whether the film is a Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS.  If you'd like to browse the catalog, search for Blu-ray as a keyword to retrieve a list of most (but not necessarily all) of our blu-ray films.

Bluray call number highlighted in catalog.


2. Use the call number from the catalog to locate the case on the shelf. Blu-ray cases are shelved numerically in a group between the Academic Film Collection and the Popular Film Collection.

Like DVDs, Blu-rays are arranged by the accession number listed on the spine of the case (aka Call Number). These represent the order in which the Library received a film, and does not solely represent "new releases."  Newly acquired Blu-rays will be at the end of the shelf.

Blu-Ray collection on shelf highlighted.

3. Bring the case to the Circulation Desk where library staff will give you the disc and check out the film to you.

You can check out headphones from the Circulation Desk as well. We ask that you please use headphones whenever watching a film in the library to avoid disturbing others studying around you.


Watching films on Blu-ray:

The Library has a Blu-ray player in one of the viewing rooms in the Media Resource Center (lower level). The viewing rooms also have VHS and DVD players. Please ask library staff at the Circulation Desk for access to a viewing room with a Blu-ray player. Our staff will verify that the room is free and unlock the door for you.

Note: The Library computers (PCs and Macs) are not compatible with Blu-rays.  Blu-rays are not compatible with standard DVD players, but you can usually play DVDs on a Blu-ray player. 

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