Media Center Services

Media Center Services
Douglass Library
8 Chapel Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8527
Douglass Campus
Phone: 848-932-9783

The Media Center maintains the Libraries' collection of visual resources in New Brunswick, along with the audio recordings of the Laurie Performing Arts Library. Questions about access to media materials may be addressed by email to

Viewing and listening facilities

Viewing and listening facilities in the Media Center provide small rooms for groups and individual workstations where media is distributed by wire. A group viewing room holding 10 people is available for booking. Workstations requiring headphones provide course reserve viewing for small numbers of students in the Alexander and Carr libraries.


Most DVDs circulate to faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates for 7 days. Videocassettes and DVDs committed to instructional use circulate to faculty, staff, and graduate students for 3 days when not booked or on reserve. CDs, audio cassettes, discs, and tapes circulate to faculty, staff, and graduate students for 14 days; CDs also circulate to undergraduates for 3 days. All borrowers must be current Rutgers faculty, staff or students. Guest and alumni borrowers are not eligible to borrow audio and visual items.

Media Bookings

Faculty may book for classroom use or preview all Rutgers University Libraries media titles by using the Media Materials - Booking Form.

Media Reserves

Faculty may place on reserve videotapes and DVDs from the collection as well as their own personal copies for use by students in their scheduled classes. To place materials on reserve fill out the Media Center Reserve Request Form.

Swank Digital Campus

Swank Digital Campus provides online streaming access to feature films for instructional use. The Libraries will arrange to make available titles that instructors designate required viewing for students in any course. Once leased, titles may be used in other courses for the duration of the lease without additional charge. Contact and details for taking advantage of this the service are here.

Media Clips for Reserve

The Libraries provide a ‘clipping’ service for instructors, which can be utilized to create files for streaming online as reserves or to create a compilation DVD to be used in a classroom. Customized access to portions of audio and video works facilitates lectures and creates focused reserves material for students. It also provides online access to work otherwise only available in physical media.

The amount clipped should be reasonable and appropriate for the educational purpose, in accordance with fair use. The original material clipped must be lawfully acquired. Because capturing and converting materials into digital files takes time, instructors should place requests as far in advance as possible. Details describing the sections of works needed-- timings, chapter numbers, and other visual cues – are necessary.

Use the Streaming Media Clips Service Request Form to request streaming media clips for Reserves on all campuses (Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark). Instructors and their students access the files with their NetIDs.

Streaming audio and visual files will be listed along with books, electronic files, and other reserve materials on your reserve course list in QuickSearch. You can create a link from your Sakai course management page to library course reserves; see How to Link Your Library Reserves to Sakai.

For clips to be placed on a DVD, instructors on the Camden and New Brunswick campuses should contact, at the Media Center, Douglass Library. Instructors on the Newark campus should contact Mark Pappiani,, at Media and Digital Library Services, Dana Library.

If you would like assistance with locating media titles or filling out the request form, please contact the Media Center in New Brunswick via email: or Tel: 848-932-5034

Video Collections

The Media Center video collection includes 10,000 videotapes, 6,000 DVDs, 150 laserdiscs, and 1,100 16mm films. Materials have been selected to meet teaching and resource needs of all Rutgers schools, departments, and programs. New moving image materials are ordered regularly, and faculty users are invited to make recommendations for purchase by the contacting Kayo Denda, Media Librarian ( Materials not owned by the libraries may also be requested for purchase via the Booking or Reserves forms.

The collections are cataloged in the Library Catalog.

Search help is available in How do I find video or audio information?

Guides of selected titles to a broad range of subjects are available through the Media Collections Research Guide.

16 mm film at the Media Center.

Equipment Loan

The Media Center checks out the following audio-visual equipment :
1 HD Flip Camera
1 HD Camcorder (with tripod)
7 Digital Voice Recorders

To reserve equipment please fill out the Equipment Booking Form.

Video and Audio Editing facilities

A wide range of editing and composing software is available in the Sharon Fordham Multimedia Lab, located next to the Media Center.