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. 

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.

If you wish to use AV viewing equipment at Kelburn, please book RB 110 on the room booking page or ask staff at Victoria Info Ihonui.
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 any audiovisual material for a specific time if it is on a Course Reserve list, 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.
Ethnographic Video Online
Naxos Video Online
Opera in Video
Kanopy Streaming Video

More resources are available on our Music guide.

DVDs and Videocassettes

The Audiovisual Collection includes a large amount of DVDs, which can be viewed on any of the computers in the Student Computer Suites. If you wish to use AV viewing equipment (for blu ray or DVD) at Kelburn, please ask staff at Victoria Info Ihonui. 

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