The media collection is open to use by anyone with Carleton library borrowing privileges, including faculty, staff, and students of St. Olaf College. Carleton and St. Olaf faculty and staff may check out materials for two weeks with one renewal. These items will be subject to the same recall, block, and replacement policies as print materials. Carleton and St. Olaf students may check out materials for 7 days with one renewal. Northfield community members may check out materials for 4 hours for use in the library only.
Faculty from any department may request the purchase of materials by contacting the Media Librarian.
Once requested, please allow a minimum of two weeks for materials to arrive. Some titles from independent filmmakers or educational film distributors (e.g. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Bullfrog Films) may take longer to arrive because they make each copy on demand.
Students and staff may also suggest titles for purchase by contacting the Media Librarian.
Because it is housed behind the reserves desk, the media collection is already a "closed reserve" collection. At the same time, the materials are still subject to checkout by other faculty. If faculty would like to ensure that materials will be readily available for in-library use by students, they may place them on reserve by contacting the Media Librarian or the library's Reserves Coordinator. For more information on library reserves, see the reserves policies.
Two classrooms equipped for evening video screenings (7 PM and later) are available in the library. Room 305 has a capacity of 20, room 344 has a capacity of 25. Screenings in the library can be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and should be booked at least a week in advance to ensure availability of rooms and materials. Library staff will take care of starting all screenings that take place in the library, but cannot be responsible for screenings outside the library.
The library provides a DVD/VCR-equipped viewing station on the fourth floor (near the open reserves shelves) and several viewing stations on the mezzanine (or fifth floor) level. Headphones and optical drives may be borrowed from the library's reserves desk for using personal laptops or library computers to watch DVDs.
Small groups may use room 314 to watch DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. The room can be reserved by using the sign-up sheet in the room. The Library classrooms (305 and 344) may also be used to watch DVDs and videotapes if they are not already scheduled for use.
In addition to the media collection housed at the Library, a number of departmental media collections are open to use by Carleton faculty. Please click the links below for contact and access information.