News from Research and Access

Sep 06, 2006

Would you like to spend an evening with Batman, Harry Potter, Willy Wonka, or Romeo and Juliet? Unwind over the weekend with episodes of I Love Lucy or The Sopranos? The ISU Library's Media Leisure Collection has many VHS and DVD titles available for loan, including feature films, musicals, historical dramas, and television series--both classic and contemporary.

Media Leisure items are clearly identified in the ISU Library Catalog as "PARKS Media Leisure Collection." These items circulate for three days only and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the short-term nature of the loan, holds, recalls and renewals are not allowed. Borrowers can have no more than three titles on loan an any given time.

Fines are assessed at a rate of $1.00 per item per day and accrue to a maximum fine of $10.00 per item. Replacement costs (which include billing and processing fees) are assessed for items that are lost or damaged.

ISU instructors may continue to use the Video/DVD booking module to schedule VHS/DVDs for classroom viewing. Instructors may also place Media Leisure items on course reserve. Titles on reserve are intended for in-house use only, and are therefore not eligible for 3-day loan. Online request forms for classroom use of Videos/DVDs can be found on the Reserve homepage, along with forms to place items on reserve. From the e-Library homepage, select Classes & Tours, then Reserve.

All users must present a current ISUCard or an ISU Library Visitor Card to borrow material; there will be no exceptions to this policy. All Media Leisure items should be returned to the Reserve & Media Services Center (Room 002, Lower Level, Parks Library).

If you are interested in a VHS or DVD title that is not available in the ISU Library, it may be available through Interlibrary Loan. To request a video or DVD from another library, first search the Worldcat database for the specific item. Use the advanced search feature to narrow your search to "visual materials". When the correct title is found, the item can be requested via the "ILL" button in the upper left corner of the screen. Popular movies that have just been released in video are not good candidates for interlibrary loan, since they are typically in heavy demand. For new releases, a movie rental store is a better option.

The exact date of arrival for interlibrary loan materials cannot be accurately predicted or guaranteed. Therefore, for items received on interlibrary loan, "booking" (i.e. scheduling a showing on a specific date) is not possible. DVD and video programs can only be booked if the ISU Library owns the material. Please check with Reserve & Media Services staff if you wish to book a video program that is not currently available in the ISU Library.