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Media at the Drew Library: How to request a film (faculty)

Drew Library makes video and audio available in several formats, for use by students, faculty and staff. This Guide explains the options.

Video options

If a faculty member needs a film for a class, the Library can help find the best option. 

Follow these steps to find a film:

  1. Search for the film in the Library catalog to determine if we own it. 
  2. Choose Streaming Videos and/or Videos (DVDs) in the left filters column  to search for all video content. If you know the title, put it in quotation marks in the "keywords" box. You may also enter any keywords to search for films if you don't know the title .
  3. If the film is not found in the catalog, also search the Swank (popular films) or Kanopy OR Academic Video Online databases directly in case the the title has been  added recently. See the "Streaming Video", "Kanopy" "Swank" and "Academic Video Online"  tabs on this LibGuide for access and searching instructions
  4. If the Library owns the film on DVD,  follow the procedures on this page (below) to borrow  it. Also see the "Media Collection Policies" tab.  
  5. If the film is available on one of our streaming services, follow the instructions in the "Streaming Video" tabs to view and share it
  6. If the film is NOT available at Drew, or if you cannot determine if the film is available, please complete a Media Purchase Request form to request it. See "Media Purchase Request Form " Tab 
  7. Feel free to contact Kathy Juliano(, x3478) with any questions or concerns regarding films. 

Borrowing films - Media Library (DVD and VHS)

Media item checkout is limited to faculty. Media Library requests may be made in person at the Library Circulation Desk during service hours (see box at right for hours). Please ask for a Circulation supervisor.  If requests are made a few days in advance, the item should be ready for you to pick up at Circulation.  Students may view these films  in the Library but may not take them out of the Library.   As with book check out, if you wish to have a TA or staff person check out an item for you, that person needs to be authorized in advance to do so. 

Please make sure you have checked the library catalog to ascertain if the media item you want is available.

Please record the item call number and provide that information to expedite the retrieval process.

Media Library items checked out to faculty are due back in 7 days. Items may be renewed up to 4 times online.  If a longer loan time is needed, please make that request at checkout. All items are subject to recall. All media items may be shown in the Drew classroom.  Before planning a public showing, please verify that Drew has public performance rights.  When you view the item information in the catalog, a note on performance rights may display.  If there is no note, you may request information on performance rights from Student Activities,, 973-408-3924.


Media items may be placed on Reserve for viewing by students. Follow usual Reserve procedures . The items  may only be checked out of the library by the professor that currently has the item on reserve. If an item is on reserve for more than one professor, the item may only be checked out of the library for four hours.  Students may check out films for viewing in the Library. Equipment for viewing films on VHS are available on Level A; there are also portable DVD players to check out at the reserve desk. 

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact

Circulation Desk Service Hours (Subject to change )

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am-8:00 pm

Friday: 8:30 am-7:00 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am-7:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00-10:00 pm.

Contact information


  • Reserves/Faculty Video and Film Borrowing Requests: x3486
  • Authorizing other borrowers on your account:, x3486
  • Performance rights information: Student Activities,, x 3924
  • Media Purchase Request Form  
  • Streaming content:  Kathy Juliano, x 3478

Electronic Resources Librarian

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