Audio-Visual Materials

Audio-Visual Materials

In addition to its core collection of printed material, the library holds a sizable collection of audio-visual materials on CD, LP, DVD, and VHS, and provides access to several streaming audio and video collections.

Location of Materials and Loan Periods

The library's DVD collection is shelved on open stacks in Library B and may be checked out at the Circulation desk. Sound recordings, music scores, and the VHS collection are housed in remote storage and must be requested ahead of time. Please allow a minimum of 24 hours for delivery of these items to the Circulation desk in Library B, where they will remain on hold for 5 days before being returned to the library storage facility.

Kenyon students, faculty, and staff may check out audio-visual items for one week, with the exception of reserve materials, which will be checked out for four hours. Reserve materials should be used in one of the Library buildings on the Ransom Lawn.

Because Kenyon's film and music collections are developed and maintained to support the academic mission of the college, these materials may not be removed from the library by Alumni, Families, Guest Borrowers, Knox County Teachers, or KAP students.

Public Performance Rights (PPR)

Kenyon's library holds public performance rights (PPR) for some -- but not all -- documentaries in its film collection; we do not hold PPR for any feature films. If you are planning a film screening for purposes other than personal use or use in the classroom (i.e., an advertised, public screening), you need to ensure that you have the rights to show the film in a non-academic setting. For more information about public performance rights and films at Kenyon, please visit the PPR Libguide.

Course Reserves

Kenyon subscribes to a number of video streaming options, which may be accessed through the library's database list here. These films are also searchable through the CONSORT catalog.

All films for which Kenyon has purchased streaming rights may be used for in-classroom instruction or for supplemental viewing outside of class. Additionally, many streaming films may be used for non-commercial, public screenings on Kenyon's campus, but please consult the database's terms of use and a library staff person to verify that you may use a streaming media title for a public screening.

DVD's will no longer be placed on reserve for checkout to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions.   Please contact Graham Coursey, if you have a request that can not be provided via the library databases.

Supplemental Screenings

LBIS asks that faculty make their own arrangements for desired screening spaces and designate a clas participant (or multiple participants) as the class projectionist(s). A list of students with the dates for which they are responsible as student projectionists must be submitted to Graham Coursey at or x5174, so that their library record reflects this responsibility. The designated students will be asked to report to the Circulation desk ahead of the screening time to pick up the media to be shown, deliver it to the venue, and coordinate the showing. Multimedia Collections does not provide projectionists for showings outside the Library Buildings. In an emergency, it may be possible to accommodate small class screenings in the conference room in Library A, though this is not an ideal space.

Additional services for faculty, including how to schedule film showings, are outlined on the Faculty Services webpage. If additional assistance is needed, the Circulation phone may be reached at (740) 427-5187, or Graham Coursey may be reached directly at (740) 427-5174.

Please note: Materials borrowed from the Multimedia Collections at Circulation must be returned to the Circulation Desk. Please, do not return these in the outside book return bin!