New at the Library: Academic v. Popular Film Collections

The Film Collection has a new look this year!  Films are now divided into Popular and Academic Collections. Just check the catalog to find the location of a specific DVD!

To improve borrowing efficiency and meet patrons’ academic as well as recreational needs, the Library’s films were separated into two collections this summer:  the Popular Film Collection and the Academic Film Collection.

  • Popular Collection films have a loan period of 3 days and can be taken out of the library (circulating).
  • Academic Collection films—which include all films on Course Reserve— have a loan period of 3 hours and can be viewed inside the Library (non-circulating).  You can use any computer in the Library to watch a DVD. Ask for headphones or access to a viewing room at Circulation.

The new system will make it easier to tell at a glance if you can take a particular DVD out of the Library–if it’s in the Popular Collection, the answer is YES!  It will also speed up processing times for course reserve requests from faculty. (Faculty will see a shorter turnaround time from when they place their requests in Moodle to when the film is available on reserve for their students.)

As always, the fastest way to find a specific film is to look up the title/director/or actor in our catalog using the Books/Media search box on the library homepage.

The Library also has a growing number of films on Blu-Ray.  To find out what we have, search the catalog for “blu-ray” or look for the Blu-Ray cases on the last shelf of each film collection.

New films are added to both collections on an ongoing basis.  If there is a film you think the Library should acquire, please drop a note in our Suggestion Box or email us.


Posted on September 12, 2013, in collections, Services. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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