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Films, DVDs and Videos

Guidance on finding and using films in the library collections

DVDs

Want to borrow a DVD?

The DVD collection is on Level -1, Forum Library, in the Journals area.

All library users can borrow DVDs (staff, PGs, UGs, external borrowers)

Issue DVDs using self-service machines near the entrance on Level 0.

Return DVDs using the return machines at the front of the Forum Library.

  • You can borrow up to 4 DVDs at one time

  • You can borrow DVDs for 7 days from the Forum Library DVD collection

  • You can renew DVDs if no-one else reserves them

The Forum Library (Exeter Campus) has 3 loanable USB DVD drives  (DVD Region 2).  The loan period is seven days to match the DVDs.  They can be used with Open Access PCs or your own device. (PC, laptop etc.)  Please ask at the Forum Library Enquiry Desk to borrow.

Some of our DVDs were produced outside of Europe (Region 2) and may not play in a standard DVD player. However, it is possible to download software that will enable non-region 2 DVDs to play on your existing DVD player/laptop etc.

VLC Media Player

  • This is free software that allows you to view DVDs that have been produced outside of Region 2, as well as audio and image files.
  • VLC app can be used on multiple devices like Windows PC, MAC, LINUX, and even Android SmartPhones
  • You can also play Blu-ray discs
  • You can download VLC Media Player from the usual app stores and from this website: https://www.videolan.org/

The library does not have any Blu-Ray playing facilities. However, you can play Blu-Rays in 'Large seminar rooms', 'Small lecture theatres' and 'Large lecture theatres'.  Please see AV support webpages.

There are two DVD / VHS viewing stations in the Forum Library, on Level -1 next to Group Study Room C.  These are available on a first-come first-served basis. 

Please ask at the Forum Library Help Point and we can show you where they are and lend you a remote control if required.  Please use your own headphones.

Videos

There are two different types of videos available. These are clearly identified when using Library Search as Commercial videos and Cage videos

1. Commercial videos

  • The commercial video collection is held on level -1 in the Journals area of the Forum Library. 
  • Staff and postgraduate students can borrow commercial videos from the Forum Library Help Point. Videos cannot be issued via the self-service machines.

2. Cage videos

  • Cage videos are material which has been recorded during broadcast by the University for academic purposes only.

  • They appear via Library Search as Off air video, plus an identification number.

  • The Cage video collection is a closed collection 

  • If you wish to borrow any of these items you need to request them at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Please submit an Online Cage Video Request.

Borrowing videos

  • Staff and Postgraduate students can borrow videos for 7 days

  • Undergraduate students and external library users are unable to borrow videos but are welcome to use the DVD/Video viewing stations in the Forum library.

There are two DVD / Video viewing stations in the Forum Library, on Level -1 adjacent to Group Study Room C.  These are available on a first-come first-served basis.  Please ask at the Forum Library Help Point and we can show you where they are and lend you a remote control if required.  Please use your own headphones.

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