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Media Collections

The Media Collection includes popular circulating collections of over 7500 films on DVD and VHS, 6000 sound recordings on CD and cassette, and data on over 2000 DVD CD/-ROMs and diskettes. The Media collection and equipment is mainly housed on the North side of the first floor, DVDs are housed in the Baxter Room on the East side of the second floor. Media can be checked out of the East and West circulation desks. The Library’s circulating collection of more than 12,000 LP sound recordings is located off site in the Library Annex. Patrons can request these LPs by completing an “Annex Request Form” linked to the catalog record for each recording.

The media collection is fully searchable through the online catalog. Use the advanced search form to enter keywords and limit by format. The links on the left column of this page give special search tips for finding sound recordings and DVDs or VHS through the online catalog.


The JD Williams Library offers a variety of equipment for patrons which is available on the North side of the first floor.

Audio Equipment:

Patrons can use the
Sony CD Burner to transfer tracks to CD from sound recordings on LP, cassette, and CD. They can also record to audiocassette from all sound recording formats.

Other audio equipment includes:

The Circulation Desks also provide headphones for 3 hour in-library use.

Video Equipment:

In addition, patrons can use a movable 24” TV with DVD and VHS to accommodate small groups.

Circulation and Reserves

All media formats, except CD-ROMs, circulate for 7 days and can be renewed twice. All patrons may borrow a maximum of ten DVDs at one time.

CD-ROMs have the same circulation period as books: 28 days for undergrads and community patrons, 56 days for grad students, and 1 year for faculty and staff.

Your can read more about our Circulation Policies.

Faculty, staff and teaching assistants may place library media as well as personal copies of media items on reserve for class use at the West circulation desk. Reserves are maintained on a semester basis, but longer terms can be set by prior arrangement. Media Reserve forms are available at the desk. Departmental staff will assist in gathering library media items, but please allow 48 hours for processing.
For rush requests, call 915-5858 before 3 pm Monday-Friday. Patrons may access items on reserve by instructor and by course through the library catalog.

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