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Finding & Requesting Videos: Library DVDs

How to find streaming videos and DVDs for faculty to use in courses and how to submit requests for the Library to obtain them.

Where to Watch DVDs

There are 3 media viewing stations in the Library where students can watch DVDs. These stations can play DVDs from all regions. Go to the Library Service Desk to check out DVDs on reserve and headphones or for assistance.

Media Viewing Station at the Library

Many classrooms at Simmons University also have Blu-ray/DVD players. More info from Simmons University Technology.

Find DVDs in the Library Collection

1. Go to and choose Catalog.

2. Input your video title and choose "Title" from the dropdown option menu. Click search.

3. Determine if your video is available as a DVD. 


4. Add to your course Reserves.

DVD Reserve Loan Periods

Instructors choose the loan periods for books, DVDs, and CDs on reserve: 3 hours, 24 hours, or 7 days. 

  • 3-hour loans can be used by students in the Library. Faculty can take these items out of the Library to show in class (if you need some extra time beyond 3 hours, that's okay).
  • Students and faculty can take 24-hour and 7-day loans out of the Library.

Which should you choose?

We recommend choosing 3 hours for DVDs. If you want to show the DVD in class, this helps to ensure that the DVD will be available when you need it and not checked out by someone else for a longer period of time. If you want students to watch the DVD outside of class, they will probably have to watch it in the Library, since they probably don't have DVD players of their own.