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Media on the Move at Lied Library

By Michael Yunkin on May 3, 2016 7:53 AM | Permalink

More changes are coming to the media collections of the UNLV University Libraries – all to increase access to media resources such as films and to enable ease of use for students both in and out of the classroom.

Beginning in Fall 2014, Lied Library initiated a series of changes to increase access to its media collections. One of the initial changes affected the circulation policy for DVDs and videotapes which was modified to allow any member of the UNLV community to check out an item for 7 days.

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Over the summer of 2016, additional changes will take place as the University Libraries moves its media collections from being a reserve collection to an open collection, making the materials available in open stack areas.


Media resources such as DVDs and videotapes currently housed in closed stacks behind the Media Resources Desk on the 1st Floor will be moved to open shelving in other areas of the library where they can be browsed like books. These moves will take place over the summer. By the start of Fall semester this year, all physical media items will be in their new locations as follows:

  • Feature films on DVD will be located in a browsing collection in the newly renovated Leisure Reading Area on the 2nd Floor. The renovation is scheduled to begin following Spring Commencement and be completed during the summer
  • Popular DVDs and videotapes in other subject areas will be integrated with the book collections on floors 3 - 5, so that anyone browsing the shelves will see all the resources in a call number range, including DVDs and videos. These materials will be housed in special locking cases and will be available for checkout at the main circulation desk
  • Less-frequently used DVDs and videos will be stored in on-site LASR storage, and can quickly be retrieved as needed (items are labeled “UNLV LASR, 1st Floor” in the catalog)

Another change will simplify things for Lied Library users by making the main circulation desk by the front entrance a one-stop-shopping point for checking out all types of items and equipment including DVDs and videos.

After June 6, the Lied Library’s Media Resources Desk on the 1st Floor will be closed. Services related to media will be provided from either the Circulation Desk or the Computer Help Desk including:

  • Requesting retrieval of items from the media collection over the next few months while collection moves are in progress. After the item is requested, staff will retrieve the item and it will be available for checkout at the main circulation desk
  • DVDs and videos placed on reserve for classes will be available for checkout at the main circulation desk
  • Users needing help with group study rooms or media viewing carrels, or access to the media viewing room or Media Lab resources after hours can request assistance at the Computer Help Desk

Lied Library will continue to provide DVD and videotape players in carrels and a group viewing room on the 1st Floor.

One of the most significant changes made to make media resources more readily available was the licensing of several streaming video collections that provide convenient, 24/7 access to thousands of quality educational videos and feature films. The collections provide access to feature films and documentaries including award-winners and classics as well as films in all disciplines. Streaming video links can easily be shared in an email or an online course; videos can be screened in a classroom or viewed in the comfort of the user’s home off-campus (an ACE login is required for off-campus access). To find out more about streaming videos -- how to find individual titles, how to share them, how to request a streaming video that’s not in one of the licensed collections -- visit the Libraries’ Online Movies & Streaming Video guide.

Have any questions or concerns about physical media items at Lied Library or streaming video? Contact Head of New Media Brian Schuck,; 702-895-2183.

Need assistance with media holds and reserves? Contact Head of User Services Jennifer Church-Duran,; 702-895-2227.