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Physical collections

The libraries have a number of collections beyond the books and journals in the stacks. Several are kept at the Newman Circulation Desk or have shorter checkout periods. See our borrowing privileges page for details.

The DVDs and videos we purchase are just like the ones you can get from Amazon, Walmart, or RedBox: they are licensed for home use only. While copyright law makes an exception for showing films in a classroom situation, showing these movies for a public audience, with or without an admission charge, is a violation of copyright. That's what the FBI warning at the beginning is all about.

We have purchased over 400 movies: documentaries, educational titles, and some feature films, that come with public performance rights. These performance rights allow viewing by groups outside of a home viewing experience.

Streaming videos from Academic Video Online from ProQuest and Kanopy come with public performance licenses (except for ones produced by Film Platform).

Here's a complete list of these movies, sorted by title.

Not all movies are available for purchase with performance rights, but if you would like us to consider such a purchase, contact your library liaison.