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Films and Videos

DVDs and Blu-rays at Emory Libraries

The Marian K. Heilbrun Music and Media Library holds a leading academic media collection, with approximately 30,000 DVDs, 2,700 Blu-rays, and thousands of titles in other formats such as VHS, laserdisc, and 16mm. The Oxford College and Law libraries also contain substantial DVD collections. All are searchable in discoverE.

The Music and Media Library maintains a comprehensive collection of feature films, documentaries, television programs, performing arts videos and educational titles. It also holds a number of rare and unique titles.

Besides a robust collection of feature films from Hollywood, U.S. independents and Western Europe, we have strong holdings in cinemas from:

  • Latin America, Spain and Portugal
  • East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea)
  • India
  • African countries (Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone)
  • Russia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and former Soviet Republics
  • Arabic-speaking countries
  • Israel

DVD-LEND Collection and Borrowing Privileges

Approximately half of the Music and Media Library DVDs are designated as DVD-LEND, meaning that eligible borrowers may check them out for use outside the library, three items at a time, three days at a time. Faculty and graduate student instructors may check out all videos in the collection for classroom use. For more information, see our page on borrowing privileges.

Streaming Video

The Emory Libraries subscribe to numerous academic streaming video collections, and we license individual streaming video titles to support teaching and research. Highlights include: 

Multi-Region Discs

A number of DVDs in the Music and Media Library collection are imported, non-Region 1 (U.S.) discs to support teaching and research needs. They may not play in standard U.S. DVD players. A variety of playback options exist for these titles; see below under Playback Support.

Other Formats

Besides DVDs and Blu-rays, the Emory Libraries hold titles in a variety of formats, including:

  • VHS videocassettes
  • Laserdiscs
  • 16mm films
  • ¾” U-matic videocassettes
  • VCD

The Music and Media Library and Classroom Technologies both still support VHS playback, but advance planning is generally required for use in class on a particular day.

If a video that you need for teaching is in VHS or other legacy formats, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your department’s subject librarian to purchase a DVD replacement version if commercially available. We may also be able to create a DVD access copy for preservation purposes.

Playback Support

The Music and Media Library supports playback of almost all video formats in their collection, both in individual viewing carrels and in the Group Viewing Room. It also circulates portable DVD-ROM drives for laptop playback.

Classroom Technology supports a large number of formats in Emory College classrooms. Please contact them in advance to ensure that you have the classroom equipment and technical support that you need.

Request a Title for Purchase

We welcome purchase requests and recommendations from Emory users. Contact your department's subject librarian, or use the Emory Libraries' purchase request form.