Using the Media Collection

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Finding videos

You can also search for videos in the UW Worldcat. To find only videos, limit by "Video" in the format area on the left side.  If searching for a specific video, search by Title in the Advanced Search.

For additional assistance, email Media Collection staff at

Checking out videos

Once you find a video, bring the call number and title to the Circulation Desk. Write down the entire call number, including the word that describes the format, so our staff can easily find it. Some example call numbers are listed below.

Video Title
Call #
Metropolis VHS TAC-1214
Fight club DVD TAC-001

Getting videos from other campuses

To borrow videos from the UW Seattle Media Center or UW Bothell Campus Library, you can request them through UW Worldcat by clicking on the button labeled "Request Item." If you would like to use the video on a specific date, please use our scheduling form or email It takes about a three days for the video to be delivered. You will receive an email when it is available to pick-up at the Circulation Desk.

UW Faculty, Students, and Staff from other UW campuses who would like to borrow UW Tacoma Library videos can request them through the UW Worldcat using the "Request Item" button.


All videos (VHS tapes and DVDs) are loaned to faculty for 7 days, with unlimited renewals. Please return the video to the Circulation Desk rather than the book drop. If you wish to schedule a video for a classroom viewing, please use our scheduling form or send an email to For more information about our services, please see the faculty page.


All videos (VHS tapes and DVDs) are loaned to students for 7 days, with unlimited renewals. Videos on Course Reserve are typically checked out for for shorter periods of time. 2 DVD/VHS/TV Combo units are located on first floor of the library near the Reference Desk . For group use, there are two group study rooms equiped with a DVD and VHS players on the second floor. To ensure availability, please reserve the Group Study Room in advance. Headphones and splitters can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Please return the video to the Circulation Desk when you are finished. For more information, please see the students page.


Only visitors who are currently affiliated with an academic institution may watch videos and use the video equipment without permission. In order to borrow a video and a set of headphones, visitors must leave a valid student, staff, or faculty identification card as collateral at the Circulation Desk. All visitors must follow the Video Equipment Policy.