Audiovisual Collection

The Audiovisual Collection contains both online resources and multimedia items to borrow. The Library provides facilities for you to watch and listen to audiovisual material.

How to use the Audiovisual Collection

The Audiovisual (AV) Collection is accessible during Library opening hours. DVDs from the collection can be viewed on students’ laptops or Library student computers. Headphones are available to be borrowed from all the Campus libraries. You are able to borrow headphone adapters at the Kelburn Library, which allow two or more people to watch a DVD or VHS at the same viewing station.

The AV collection at Kelburn is housed in The Glass Room (Level 2 of the Kelburn Library). Material can be issued using the Self-Check machine inside the Glass Room, and DVDs then need to be unlocked using the DVD Unlocker attached to the wall just outside the Glass Room.

There are dedicated AV viewing and listening facilities in the Kelburn Library.

Level 1 - Our AV viewing room (RB110) is equipped with a Blu-ray and DVD/VHS player as well as a large screen. This room is suitable for small groups and may be booked through the online group booking system.
Level 0 - Our Microform collection is held on Level 0, along with a Microform scanner to allow you to view the material.

You are able to book audiovisual material for a specific time, even if it is currently checked out. Just make a request as you usually would, and select "Make a future booking". See the Course Reserves page for information about placing items (including AV material) on Course Reserve. Contact staff if you need any assistance.

Our audiovisual material is covered by the Copyright Act 1994, which means that you cannot copy any of the material. There is one exception to this: any programme recorded off air under the University’s Screenrights licence may be copied by any staff member or student provided it is for university teaching or study related purposes and provided the copy is labelled in accordance with the Screenrights licence. 

If there is an item that you think the Library should have, you can Make a Purchase Recommendation, or contact your Subject Librarian directly.

What's in the collection

The following collections include both live streaming and recorded content to watch and listen online:

Online Resources

eTV - you can request recordings for learning and teaching purposes through eTV. See our guide to eTV.
Enthnographic Video Online
Naxos Video Online
Opera in Video

More resources are available on our Music guide.

DVDs and Videocassettes

The Audiovisual Collection includes a large amount of DVDs and some videos. DVDs can be viewed on any of the computers in the Student Computer Suites. Groups of two to six people can book and use the Group Viewing Room at the Kelburn Library to view both DVDs and VHS. The Architecture and Design Library has VHS and DVD players available on demand.

Sound Recordings

All campus Libraries have headphones available for loan.


Microfilm and microfiche store reduced-size copies of print documents on film. Special equipment is needed to view them. The Kelburn Library has a microform reader, located on Level 0, which you can use to print, scan or save them to a memory stick or H: Drive. 

For help using the microform reader please talk to a Library staff member at Victoria Info Ihonui or use the self help guide.

Download the Microform reader self help guide    2.1 MB


Video Games

The Library's video games collection (partially owned by the School of Design) is located at the Architecture and Design Library on the Te Aro Campus. This is a small collection of games for the PS3 and Wii consoles (which the Library does not provide). The games are available to all students and staff when not required for class sessions. 

The collection can be found using a call number search on "Game" in the Library Catalogue.