Audio, Video & DVD Collections

Audio Recordings Collection and Who May use It

The audio recordings collection consists of over 8,000 compact discs (CDs). Only CDs are being added to the collection. There are no LP (vinyl) or tape recordings in the collection.

In addition, the Naxos Music Library provides streaming access to thousands of recordings. HSU faculty, staff, and current students may use this resource on campus or remotely. The general public has access from the Library only.

The audio recordings collection supports the curriculum at Humboldt State University. Recordings may be checked out by anyone with a valid HSU ID card for three weeks with no renewals. Up to three recordings may be checked out at one time. Fines of $1 per day are assessed for overdues ($25 maximum). The borrower will be charged for ruined recordings.

NOTE: HSU students, faculty, and staff may make interlibrary loan requests for CD recordings not in our collection. Not all libraries loan CDs, but we may be able to borrow what you need. Community patrons should contact the Humboldt County Library with interlibrary loan requests.

Video & DVD Collection and Who May use It

The Video and DVD collection consists of approximately 6000 VHS and 3000 DVD titles. HSU faculty, students, staff, and patrons with HSU community borrower ID cards are authorized to use the video & DVD collection.  Other users should use the Humboldt County Library and other resources available in the local community.

Faculty and staff can check out an unlimited number of Media materials for one week.   Students may check out up to 3 titles for 3 days.  There is a $1/day overdue fine per title.   Community borrowers may check out up to 3 titles overnight. There is a $1/day overdue fine per title. Faculty members may renew videos/DVDs or request extended checkout, if necessary, and are encouraged to reserve videos/DVDs in advance. They may do so by calling Library Media at x5656 or sending e-mail to Kumi Watanabe-Schock.

Location of Audio Recordings, Videos and DVDs 

CDs, Videos and DVDs are arranged by call number on open shelves in the Media Resources Area, located on the 2nd floor of the Library.  

A note about 16mm films: The HSU Library still maintains a small collection of 16mm films. Faculty must present their HSU ID cards and the call numbers for 16mm films they wish to use at the Circulation Desk.  Films will then be paged for checkout. There is no facility to view 16mm films in the Library.  Faculty can check out a 16mm film projector and a take-up reel from Media Distribution in Gist Hall 221. Students need to pick up a faculty authorization card before checking out any Media equipment from Media Distribution.

Listening to and Viewing Audio, Video or DVD Recordings in the Library 

The Media Resources Area has 23 stations containing a variety of video and audio equipment to review non-print materials. 

HSU faculty, students, staff, and patrons with HSU community borrower ID cards can view the Library's media collection in the Media Resources Area on the 2nd floor of the Library or in Library rooms 114/208/311/312/314 (Group Study Rooms). Persons using the Media Resources Area or Group Study Rooms with viewing equipment may be asked to show a valid HSU ID card. Group Study Rooms are available by reservation or, if not reserved, rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

The first priority for use of the equipment is for materials placed on Reserve. Students using the equipment to view non-Reserve items must relinquish their stations to those needing to view Reserve items. Rooms 311 and 312, which are equipped with TV/VCR/DVD combination units, can be reserved in advance online