Libraries give open-shelf browsing access to more than 7,000 DVDs

November 04, 2013

Visitors to Pattee Library can now browse the collection of more than 7,000 DVDs in the Walter and Doris Goldstein Music and Media Center, Pattee Library, floor 2, west. Responding to patron requests, the DVDs have been moved to publicly accessible shelves and are arranged in Library of Congress call number order. DVDs can be checked out for seven days and renewed, if needed longer.

Used for teaching, learning, and research, the Music and Media Center collection has been developed by librarians with subject expertise in the humanities, arts, communications, social sciences, and life sciences in support of curricular needs in the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of the Liberal Arts. To ensure titles needed for classes are available, instructors may place DVDs and other media on reserve for their courses via the Book/Media Reserve Request Form at or by sending an email message to the reserves team at

This semester more than 50 instructors have placed more than 500 DVDs on course reserve. DVDs on course reserve as well as VHS tapes and other (non-DVD) media in the Music and Media Center will continue to be retrieved for users from the staff-only area.

The Music and Media Center also houses playback equipment including CD and DVD players, VCRs, and turntables, as well as computers with sound and video cards and DVD drives.

In addition to the Music and Media Center collection, the Penn State University Libraries have video collections at many library locations. The DVD collection across all Penn State campus library locations includes more than 38,000 items: from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films, international films and documentaries. Titles are discoverable in the CAT, the online catalog, and LionSearch. Penn State students, faculty and staff and Penn State alumni and Pennsylvania residents with a Friends of Penn State account can request a DVD from any location using the “I Want It” button in LionSearch or The CAT. For more information about the “I Want It” button, see For more information on borrowing privileges, see

Reference assistance to help with locating DVDs and other media across all library locations is available in the Music and Media Center, Pattee Library, floor 2, west, or via, 814-865-3616, or Ask-a-Librarian at

For more information or questions about the physical access provided, contact Eric Novotny, or 814-865-1014.

Last Updated November 05, 2013