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Floor 6
W. E. B. Du Bois Library
(413) 577 - 0612

Contact Circulation/Reserves Staff:(413) 545-2358

Viewing and Listening: 
Equipment | Rooms  
Loan Periods
Returns | Fines
Public Performance Rights for A/V Materials

Requesting Items Unavailable at UMass Amherst 

Just for Faculty:

Booking Films, Videos, and DVDs

Placing Videos and DVDs on Reserve   

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Media Collection

The UMass Amherst Media Collection contains thousands of titles in a variety of audio and video formats, including VHS, DVD, CD, audiocassette, LP, and CD-ROM.

How to browse these materials:

DVD's, Music CDs and CD-ROMs are located in the 6th floor Media Collections area.  Visit our newly renovated Music and Media area to browse out selection of DVDs, music CDs and Music Monuments, and to use our high quality listening and viewing equipment. 

VHS Videocassettes, LP's and audiocassettes are in basement storage.  Please use the Request Item function in the UM / 5 College Libraries catalog - requested items are retrieved twice a day, mid-morning and late afternoon.  You will be notified by email when requested items are available for pickup at the lower level Circulation/Reserves service desk 

How to search the library catalog, and make requests:

To locate holdings in the Library Catalog, use the Advanced Search function.  Search by keyword, media format, collection or  language.

UMass Amherst Students, faculty and staff are able to request DVD and VHS videos online from the Five College Libraries catalog using the Request Item function.  These videos are delivered to their home libraries' Circulation desk during normal Circulation hours.  Please allow 3 to 5 days for processing through the Five College Delivery system. 


UMass Amherst Students, faculty and staff are able to request Music CD's online from the UMass and Hampshire College Libraries catalogs using the Request Item function. 


Viewing and listening equipment is available in the Du Bois Library 6th floor:


  •  Equipment
    Our viewing and listening facilities contain televisions with VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray players.  Our listening equipment will play CDs, audiocassettes, and LPs. Viewing and listening receivers can also take line-in audio or video via HDMI or RCA input.  
  •  Viewing and Listening Rooms
    Faculty may call (413) 545-2358 to schedule use of viewing and listening rooms by more than 4 students or for those with disabilities. Or you may email your request to


 Loan Periods for Media Materials:

  • Includes: Videos, DVDs, VHS tapes, Audio CDs, Audiocassettes, LPs, Other Media Items
  • UMass Amherst and Five College students, UMass Amherst and Five College faculty and staff may borrow up 10 items for 5 days.  
  • Community borrowers may borrow up 3 items for 5 days.
  • Certain videos that are heavily used for teaching do not circulate, but may be checked out at the Du Bois Circulation/Reserves desk for 3 hours and viewed in the Du Bois Music/Media 6th floor viewing area. The Library Catalog will indicate that these items are available for "In Library or Classroom Use Only." Faculty may use the Film & Video Request Form, or email to request these materials for classroom use.


Loan Periods for  Music Monuments

  • UMass Amherst and Four College students, faculty and staff,  UMass alumni, and state borrowers may borrow up to 3 of each format of item for 5 days.
  • UMass Amherst borrowers may renew Music Monuments, CDs and DVDs two times online.


Regular circulating media items may be returned to the Circulation/Reserves service desk on the lower level, or any library book drop location.

Restricted use media and media items on course reserve should be returned to the Circualtion/Reserves service desk on the lower level.

 Fees for Videos, DVDs, CDs, Audiocassettes, LPs, and Other Media Items 

  • The replacement charge for lost/overdue Media Items is $70.00 plus a $15 processing fee plus  non-refundable billing fee of $10.00.

Just for Faculty

 Scheduling Films, Videos, and DVDs for Classroom Use

UMass Amherst faculty and staff may schedule UMass Amherst and Four College films, videos, and DVDs for classroom use. Please allow 3 working days advance notice for processing and confirmation of UMass Amherst titles, and 5 working days advance notice for titles from the Four Colleges. To schedule materials, use the Film & Video Request Form, or email

Faculty must request equipment through Academic Instructional Media Services (AIMS) in Goodell at (413) 545-5765. For auditorium setups and technical questions, call AIMS Technical Support Services at (413) 545-5768.

 Placing Videos and DVDs on Reserve for Classes

Approximately 350 videos and DVDs are placed on reserve by faculty each semester.  These items may be checked out on the Lower Level at the Circulation/Reserve Desk.  When the individual has finished viewing the item, it should be returned to that service point.

Faculty may request that videos and DVDs that are part of the Library's collection be placed on reserve for courses. The Library will also purchase videos and DVDs to be placed on reserve. Please use the Film & Video Request Form, or email avreserves@library.umass.eduto place a request.

Please see our Copyright Policy and FAQ for detailed information about which materials may be placed on reserve.

Streaming Media Reserves

The UMass Amherst Libraries offers a streaming media service to course instructors who utilize Moodle or Blackboard Learn. Capacity is limited. The purpose of the service is to support classroom instruction by providing required course content through on demand streaming of library-owned media. Videos of class lectures may be more suited to podcasting and are not within the scope of this service.

More information: 

 Requesting Media Items from other Five College Libraries

Students, faculty, and staff of the Five Colleges may also use the extensive media collections at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges.  UMass Amherst Students, faculty and staff may request videos online from the other Four Colleges in the Five College Libraries catalog and pick up these videos at their home libraries' Circulation desk during normal Circulation hours. Audio CDs from UMass, Mount Holyoke College and Hampshire College may also be requested online. Please allow 3 to 5 working days for the items to be delivered to your home library. Five College Students, Faculty and Staff may also check out up to three media items in person at any other Five College Library for up to five days.  UMass Amherst graduate students, faculty, and staff may use Interlibrary Loan to request media items not owned by the UMass Amherst Libraries or Four Colleges.

 Public Performance Rights for Audiovisual Materials

The UMass Libraries generally do not acquire public performance rights for audiovisual materials in the Media Collection. These materials are provided for personal and classroom/curricular use only.



Last Edited: 27 May 2014