Media Collection Information for Students

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Borrowing videos from the Media Collection

If you are on the UW Tacoma campus and would like to use a video from the Media Collection, please bring the title and call number of the video to the Circulation Desk. Our staff will retrieve the video and check it out to you. You can borrow the video for 7 days, with unlimited renewals. When finished with the video, return it to the Circulation Desk. DVD/VHS/TV Combo Units are located on first floor of the library near the Reference Desk.

You can borrow headphones at the Circulation Desk or you may use your own headphones. Please schedule the room in advance to ensure availability.

Requesting videos from other campuses

If you would like to borrow a video from the UW Libraries Media Center or the UW Bothell Campus Library, you can place a hold on it in UW Worldcat by clicking on the button labelled "Request Item."  Some Bothell videos can only be requested through our online scheduling form or by email  If the video is not checked out to another patron, it usually takes about three days for items to be delivered.  You will receive notification from the catalog when it arrives, and you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk.

Getting a video from course reserve

If you wish to view a video that your professor has reserved for your class, give the title to the Circulation Staff and indicate that it is on reserve. Most reserve materials may only be viewed in the library.

Showing a video in class

If you wish to use a video in a class presentation, we recommend booking it in advance. To book videos from any UW Library, use our online scheduling form or send an email to If you send an email, include your name, the video's title and call number, the class, and the date and time you need the video. Requests for UWT Library Media Collection videos take at least 24 hours to process; videos from other campuses require at least a week. You will be notified via email when your video(s) are available for pick-up at the Circulation Desk.

Showing movies on campus

If your student group would like to show movies to the general public, please see the Media Collection's guide to showing movies on campus, which explains the copyright issues and how to get permission.

Students from other UW campuses

Students on another UW campus who would like to borrow videos from the Media Collection should contact their local media center, whose staff will coordinate the inter-library exchange of items. The UW Libraries Media Center handles circulation and is the primary collection of media on the UW Seattle campus, while the UW Bothell Campus Library serves the UW Bothell/Cascadia Campuses.