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Library Collections: CDs, Videos & Other AV

Description of various Library collections in all formats. (created Jan, 2010) Guide author: Thom Zantow and Circulation Staff

Video Recordings

  • The major divisions of video recordings are
    • Feature films
      • Call numbers reflect title arrangement PN 1997
      • Typically movies shown in theatres, etc.
    • Non-fiction films
      • Call numbers are the same as would be used on comparable books
  • The other divisions of video recordings are
    • Silent films
      • Call numbers reflect title arrangement PN 1995.7
    • Foreign films
      • Call numbers reflect title arrangement by original language title PN 1995.9.F67

What you need to know

  • To find video recordings using the Classic Catalog
    • Change the "View Entire Collection" value to "Videos & DVD"
    • This will permit searching by keyword, title, author, subject, etc. limited to just video recordings
  • Using our new interface enter your search terms in the Books tab search box
    • On the left menu limit click on "VIDEOS" in the Format box
    • Or click on "Videos & DVD" in the Collection Box
    • Or click on either "Feature Films" or "General Films" in the Location box
  • The media rooms located across from the Circulation Desk are equipped to play DVDs.  Inquire at the Circulation Desk
  • Overdue fines for video recordings are higher than for books ($0.50 per day) and the item is billed at one day overdue. 
    • Because the check out period is less than for books it is important to keep track of the due date

Sound Recordings

Music and Spoken Word CDs

  • CDs are shelved by call numbers corresponding to comparable books and sheet music
  • Music CDs have call numbers in the M's and most spoken word CDs have call numbers in the P's
  • To find CDs using the Classic Catalog
    • Change value from "View Entire Collection" to "CDs"
    • If any search other than Keyword is used
      • Click on "Limit/Sort Search" icon at top of screen
      • Select "Media-Audio CDs" in Location box to limit to CDs
  • To find CDs using our new search interface
    • Enter search terms in the Books tab search box
    • In Location box on left side select "Media-Audio CDs"