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How to Borrow a Film

NB: If you plan to borrow a film, be sure to check location and availability before making your choice.

VCat displays the current circulation status of films

  1. Films listed as Available:   Note the following information:
    • Location - videos are shelved in a number of locations on campus.
    • Format (DVD, VHS, or other)
    • Call Number
  2. Bring this information to the service desk at the appropriate location, complete a request form, and staff will retrieve your films.

    Films located at Storage may be requested via the delivery request link within the VCat record.

  3. Films listed as Checked Out. It is possible to place a hold on a film that is checked out by clicking on the hold request link within the VCat record. You will receive an email when the film is available for pick-up. It will be held for you for three days.
  4. Films listed as In Process or In Marking Process. A film with this status is in process of being added to the collection. To expedite processing, use the delivery request link within the VCat record. You will receive an email when the film is available for pick-up. It will be held for you for three days.
  5. Films listed as On Hold. A film listed with this status has been requested by a patron and will be held in that person's name for 3 days. If a film is not checked out within that time, the circulation status will revert to Available

Loan Period

Films that are part of the Van Pelt Video Collection, the largest collection in the library, circulate for seven days. Four titles may be borrowed at one time. Loan periods for videos shelved at other library locations vary and, in some cases, collections are available for in-house viewing only. Please consult staff at the service desk of an individual library for information.

Scheduled Screenings/Classroom Use

If you need a film for use in a classroom, please request it at the appropriate Service Desk at least 10 days in advance. Due dates may be modified in order to ensure access to films for specific dates.

Films on Reserve

If you are teaching a class and would like to ensure that your students have access to specific films throughout the semester, place them on reserve. Please contact the appropriate Reserves Staff for assistance.