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What's in the library's video collection?

The library has over 1,900 videotapes and DVDs available for checkout. The videos cover a wide variety of topics and are selected to support the CSUMB curricula and academic programs. The types of videos in the library collection include documentaries, educational programs, feature films, and campus productions. Some of the videos include accompanying texts or instructor's guides.

How do I find out which videos the library has?

The CSUMB Library Catalog includes all videos owned by the library. A complete, alphabetical list of all videos in the library is available.

To search the CSUMB Library Catalog for specific videos by keyword or topic:

Enter one or more unique keywords:

Do not use Boolean operators (and, or, not) or common words like the, an, a, etc.
Use the question mark ? to truncate search terms.


If you have any questions about searching for videos in the CSUMB Library Catalog, consult a reference librarian.

in addition to circulating videotapes and DVDs, the library also provides access to the Ethnographic Video database, which includes over 800 streaming documentaries and field recordings that focus on human culture and behavior.

How do I check out videos?

After you have searched the CSUMB Library Catalog for the video you want, note the special call number (beginning with VC or DVD) near the bottom of the screen and request the video by call number at the Circulation Desk. Be sure you have your CSUMB ID with you. CSUMB students may check out videos for 1 day. CSUMB faculty and staff may check out videos for 3 days. Videos may be renewed once, in person, by telephoning 831-582-3733 or by emailing Library_Circulation@csumb.edu

Where can I view videos in the library?

If you would like to view videos in the library, you can use the equipment in Room 1126 near the reference area. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for access to this room as it remains locked when not in use.

Can I request videos from other libraries?

The library only borrows videos from within the CSU system.

CSUMB faculty members who desire videos for classroom viewing should first consult the library's existing video collection for appropriate titles. Faculty may also wish to contact their librarian Subject Selectors to inquire about the possibility of purchasing videos, CDs and other media for the library collections.

How do faculty recommend videos for the library collection?

CSUMB faculty are encouraged to recommend videos (and books) which will support the curriculum and academic programs. Purchase recommendations should be directed to the appropriate librarian Subject Selectors. Please allow up to 2 months lead-time to process requests for new videos.

How can faculty preview videos before recommending them for purchase?

The library does not arrange faculty previews of videos before purchase. Faculty interested in previewing videos before recommending purchase should ask their department to make arrangements directly with the video supplier. If the preview is favorable, faculty should contact the appropriate librarian Subject Selectors to recommend purchase by the library.

How do faculty place videos on Course Reserve?

To place videos (and any other material) on Course Reserve, contact the Circulation Desk at 582-3733 or Library_Course_Reserve@csumb.edu. The standard loan periods for Course Reserve are 2 hours, 1 day, and 3 days. Please allow up to 5 days lead-time to process video items for Course Reserve.

Can faculty request videos for one-time scheduled classroom use?

Faculty can request specific videos in the library collection be held for one-time viewing in the classroom. One-time viewing requests are submitted 24 hours prior to scheduled classroom use to Library_Circulation@csumb.edu. The faculty member (or proxy) must checkout the video at the Circulation Desk.

Can faculty copy parts of videos for educational use?

Faculty who would like to copy parts of videos for use in curriculum-based instruction (including Web sites and distributed learning), should first consult the document, Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia. Individuals who copy the intellectual property of others are responsible for compliance with copyright law.