• About Media Services
    What is Media Services? What kind of media do you have? Where are you located?
  • The Collections
    What kinds of media resources are available in the Herman B Wells Library? Are there other media collections within the Bloomington Libraries? What about other media collections on campus?  What is the Video Browsing Collection?
  • Copyright and Licensing for Public Performance
    My student group would like to have a film festival, can we use your films?
  • Locating Audio, Video and Multimedia Materials
    How do I find what you have?
  • Schedule Media Item for Class Use
    How can I schedule a video to use in class later this semester?
  • Group Video Showing
    May I arrange to have my class watch a video as a group in the Herman B Wells Library?
  • Class Reserve Services
    May I place my own personal copies of books, video recordings or audio recordings on class reserve in the Herman B Wells Library? How about a video or an audio recording owned by the Library?
  • Circulation Policies and Fines
    How long may I use a video in the Media Center? May I check out one to watch at home? What if I want to use a video in class for a presentation? What about audiocassettes and audio CDs? What about multimedia CD-ROMs? How much do I get charged if I'm late in returning something?

About Media Services
What is Media Services? What kind of media do you have? Where are you located?

Established in 1975, Media Services is the premiere audiovisual unit of the Herman B Wells Library. Our mission is to provide access to a wide range of multi-disciplinary formats to meet the instructional, research, and learning needs of the Indiana University community.  The Teaching & Research collection is accessible to all faculty, staff, and students of Indiana University.  The Media Browsing collection is accessible to all faculty, staff, students, and Indiana residents. Media Services provides access to reliable and friendly staff, multimedia collections, viewing carrels, playback equipment, media multipurpose rooms, and soft-seating for group or individual study. Media Services is located on the ground floor of the Wells Library in Room 044/046, across from the Book[Market} eatery, and shares space with IU Libraries Moving Image Archive and Black Film Center/Archive.

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The Collections
What kinds of media resources are available in the Herman B Wells Library? Are there other media collections within the Bloomington Libraries? What about other media collections on campus?

The collections in Wells include audiobooks, English and foreign language feature films on DVD, documentaries, foreign language learning CDs and audiocassettes, board and digital videogames.  Due to a recent renovation, all VHS (video) cassettes, audiocassettes, CD-ROMs, Laserdiscs, and 3/4" U-matic cassettes have been permanently moved to the off-site facility, ALF.  Patrons will need to request these items directly via IUCAT, the online catalog. 

The IU Bloomington campus is teaming with great film resources from both the branch libraries, and cooperative campus units.  Here is a select list of those resources:

The Media Studies' library pages (maintained by the Media Studies Librarian) includes resources on film history and criticism, video recordings on film studies, and feature films. Video recordings purchased on the Media Studies fund are housed in Media Services, along with the other video recordings.

The IU Libraries Moving Image Archives, located on the ground floor of the Wells Library,  is one of the world’s largest educational film and video collections. The archive contains more than 86,000 items spanning nearly 80 years of film and television production, including many rare and last-remaining copies of influential 20th-century films.

IUB Campus Branch Libraries (School of Education, Music, Business/SPEA, Life Sciences, etc.) and Halls of Residence Libraries collect video recordings. The Halls of Residence Libraries collects music audio cassettes, and video recordings including some foreign and classic feature films, primarily for recreational purposes.  However, the resources available in the Halls of Residence Libraries are available for circulation to Halls residents only.  Sidenote:  be sure to check with your department for additional media related resources.  Some departments on the Bloomington campus have their own personal video library.  Check IUCAT for holdings.

The Black Film Center/Archive, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, houses a collection of films  that have substantial participation by African and African Americans as writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants; or depict some aspect of the African and African American experience.

Institute for European Studies Film Resources.

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction has a collection of erotic/pornographic films that constitutes a unique resource for research.

Russian and East European Institute  provides access to hundreds of videos and some DVDs for all Indiana residents.

The Center for Disability Information & Referral provides access to disability-related information through print, non-print, and human resources. Few entertainment-related films are included in the collection. The collection is open and is available to all Indiana residents.

The LGBTQ+ Culture Center contains an extensive library of materials pertaining to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues. These resources include over 2000 books, videos, CDs, and periodicals. Our collection is a great resource for both research and entertainment.

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Copyright and Licensing for Public Performance
My student group would like to have a film festival, can we use your films?

Indiana University holds no public performance rights for many of the feature films in the Herman B Wells Library Media Collection. Any public showing that is not part of face-to-face teaching will require a license. Films in the public domain, which includes all films with a copyright date of 1923 or earlier and may include others in the collection, may be shown without permission. For films still protected by copyright, it is the responsibility of the sponsoring department of organization to secure permission or pay a license fee for any public showing.

However, be sure to research our growing collection of online streaming films which includes performance licensing rights.


Locating Audio, Video, and Multimedia Materials in IUCAT
How do I find what you have?

IUCAT, the online catalog for the holdings of the Indiana University Libraries, provides complete information on all media resources in all of our libraries, including the Herman B Wells Library's Media Services collections. You can search by title, author, subject, or keywords - just as you would for any other library material.  After obtaining a call number for the item you want, ask a desk attendant in Media Services to find it for you.  Faculty and instructors may borrow items from the Teaching & Research collection for seven days, and students may borrow items for three days.  Anyone can borrow up to three items from the Media Browsing collection for seven days with one renewal.


Schedule Media Item for Class Use (Faculty and AI's)
How can I reserve a video to use in class later this semester?

Only patrons with Faculty status can opt to have films either delivered to a valid IU campus address , or to be picked-up from Media Services for class use.  Assistant Instructors (grads & undergrads) must pick up the film from Media Services.  To schedule delivery or to pick up a film for class use, fill out this form: Schedule Media Item for Class Use Request Form.  Reservations need to be made in advance to guarantee the availability of the title.  Beginning Spring 2015, instructors are responsible to request vhs titles directly via the online catalog.  These items will be delivered from ALF.


Group Video Showings
May I arrange to have my class watch a video as a group in the Herman B Wells Library?

The library provides a room for instructors who would like to have a film screening. Two media show rooms are available for reservation:  E174, will hold a maximum of 50 people, and 043 will hold a maximum of 32 people. Indiana University student organizations must contact the Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Development. To reserve the room for a film screening, fill out this form: Media Showing Room Reservation Form.


Class Reserve Services for Print and Non-Print Materials
May I place my own personal copies of print and non-print materials on class reserve in the Herman B Wells Library? How about video or an audio recording in the Library's collection?

Yes. In order to place a personal item (print and/or media) on reserve in Wells, or at any of the IU branch libraries, you must fill out the appropriate Reserve Request Form , and deliver the personal item to the appropriate library.  Here in Wells, only audiovisual items are shelved in Media Services.  Printed materials are shelved at the West Tower circulation desk.  Media items owned by the Library can be placed on Reserve. However, if the item is needed by a different instructor for class use, we will allow the film to be used in class and returned immediately to reserve status. Media titles placed on reserve must be watched in-house, unless a professor provides instructions to allow his/her/their personal copy to leave the room. Media items borrowed via Interlibrary Loan cannot be placed on reserve.


Circulation Policies and Fine Rates
How long may I use a video in the Media Center? May I check out one to watch at home? What if I want to use a video in class for a presentation? What about audiocassettes and audio CDs? What about multimedia CD-ROMs? How much do I get charged if I'm late in returning something?

Read Media Services' complete circulation policies.

Media Overdue Fine Rates

Audiocassettes -- $.25 cents per part per day

Audio CDs & CD-ROMS (reference) -- $.25 cents per part per day

Language CDs and CD-ROMs (non-reference) -- $.25 per day

Browsing VHS and DVD -- $1.00 per day

Documentary VHS and DVD -- $1.00 per day

Microfilm and Microfiche -- $.25 per day

Replacement cost for lost or stolen items are separate.<

All media items should be returned to the Media Services desk.


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