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Media Collections Policy

I. Circulation and Scheduling

The Teaching Video Collection circulates to instructors for class use or for preview. Videos for class may be borrowed by instructors or their representatives (for example, a student enrolled in a class or a graduate assistant), but the instructor must call or email ahead of time to authorize the representative. Students may borrow these materials for class presentations only, and must have authorization from their instructor.

Teaching Collection videos can be scheduled by calling the Library media desk at 617-824-8671, or by sending an email to the media librarian. They can also be requested via the online Film and Video Catalog, but online requests may take up to two days to be processed.

Audio CDs follow the same loan policies as books. DVDs in the Beebe Circulating Video Collection can be borrowed for seven days, by all patrons. A maximum of three DVDs can be borrowed at one time.

II. Individual Viewing Rooms

Ten viewing study rooms, equipped with VHS/DVD/CD playback, are available for viewing or listening to materials in the Media Collection. Rooms can accommodate small groups of up to six people. See the study room policy for more information.

Media Research/Preview Room

A small space, equipped with DVD and VHS player, is available for faculty to research and preview media materials. When not used for research or preview, this room is available for small group listening/viewing.

III. Reserves

Faculty may put media materials on reserve for in-house use by their students. We offer two types of reserves:

Closed reserves: Reserves items from the Teaching collection for a specific time, preventing them from circulating outside the Library, ensuring that they are available for student viewing. Request that items be put on reserve by calling 617-824-8671 or by visiting the Library media desk in person.

Personal collection reserves: Instructors may place their own media materials on reserve by coming to the Library media desk to fill out reserve forms and drop off the materials.

IV. Media Rental

If an instructor is unable to find specific materials in our collection, and they are not available or suitable for acquisition, we can arrange to rent them. Please contact the media librarian to arrange rentals.