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COVID-19 Update: Although the Gould Library building remains closed, the library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.

Movies, TV, and Music at the Library

Finding, accessing, and using media resources in the library and online.

New Stuff


All of the library's audiovisual holdings are listed in Catalyst, the library's online catalog. You may search for audiovisual items just as you would a book: by title, by creator or participant (author), or by keyword.


Audio & Video

Loan Policy

The physical media collection is open to use by anyone with Carleton library borrowing privileges, including Carleton alumni, the faculty, staff, and students of St. Olaf College, and community members with a Friend of the College card. Please see the library's borrowing policies and loan periods for more information.

Requesting New Titles

Faculty from any department may request the purchase of videos by contacting the Media Librarian.

Once requested, please allow a minimum of two weeks for physical videos to arrive or for online videos to be cataloged and activated. Some physical videos 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.

Putting Media on Reserve

Because it is housed behind the reserves desk, the physical media collection is already a "closed reserve" collection. At the same time, these materials are still subject to checkout by all users. If faculty would like to ensure that materials will be readily available for in-library use by students, they may place them on reserve through an online form or through Catalyst or by contacting the library's Reserves Specialist. For more information, see the reserves policies.

Scheduling Class Screenings

Two classrooms equipped for evening video screenings (7:15 PM or later) are available in the library. Room 305 has a capacity of 18, room 344 has a capacity of 24. Screenings in the library can be scheduled through an online form or by emailing

Screenings 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.

Watching Physical Media in the Library

The library provides DVD/VCR-equipped viewing stations on the mezzanine (or fifth floor) level. Headphones and USB optical drives for watching DVDs on a computer may be borrowed from the library's reserves desk.

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. Library classrooms 305 and 344 may also be used to watch DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and videotapes if they are not already scheduled for use.

Captioning and Accessibility

All of our online videos and most of our DVDs include closed-captioning, subtitles, or transcripts. If you are a student who requires captioning for a video that does not already include it, please contact Carleton's Disability Services office. If you are a member of the faculty or staff, you may request captioning of a library video by Disability Servicesvia form.

Technical Support

Technical support (including equipment and duplication) for media in the classroom or anywhere outside the library is provided by Presentation, Events and Production Support (PEPS), x7070.