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Audio, Video & DVD Collections

Video & DVD Collection and Who May use It

The Video and DVD collection consists of approximately 5000 DVD titles, 1000 VHS titles, and 100 streaming videos available through Kanopy. Cal Poly Humboldt faculty, students, staff, and patrons with Humboldt community borrower ID cards can use the video & DVD collection.  Other users can use the Humboldt County Library, KEET Passport (streaming PBS programs), 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 one week.  Faculty & staff members may renew videos/DVDs or request extended checkout, if necessary.

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. Cal Poly Humboldt 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 Cal Poly Humboldt. Recordings may be checked out by anyone with a valid Cal Poly Humboldt 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: Cal Poly Humboldt 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.

Location of Audio Recordings, Videos, and DVDs 

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

A note about 16mm films: The Library still maintains a small collection of 16mm films. Faculty must present their ID cards and the call numbers for 16mm films they wish to use at the Checkout 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 stations containing a variety of video and audio equipment to review non-print materials. 

Cal Poly Humboldt faculty, students, staff, and patrons with community borrower ID cards can view the Library's media collection in the Media Resources Area on the 2nd floor of the Library. Persons using the Media Resources Area may be asked to show a valid ID card.

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.

Other Sources of Videos
  • Kanopy - On-demand streaming video platform for public and academic libraries offering films, TV shows, educational videos, and documentaries. Cal Poly Humboldt Library licenses titles from Kanopy when requested by faculty. In general, titles will be licensed upon request for required viewing for an academic course, at the request of the professor. All videos from Kanopy can be embedded into Canvas by using the Share/Embed button below the video player. Faculty can request videos directly through Kanopy website.
  • Panopto Media Library - Searchable video database available for all faculty, staff, & students. It's a collection of captioned videos that have been digitized for use in coursework and can be accessed via Canvas. Check out Panopto Support on the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) site. Contact Deborah Ketelsen or Michel Sargent with any questions.

    You can access Panopto in two different ways in addition to logging in through myHumboldt:

    1. Via the Cal Poly Humboldt Panopto Dashboard. Login with your Humboldt SSO, using your campus user/password
    2. Directly in Canvas via the Panopto Video menu item or anywhere you have access to the rich content editor
  • CSU ScholarWorks - Shared institutional repository that collects, preserves, and provides access to scholarship by research communities at The California State University. Collections include CSU faculty publications, student dissertations and theses, datasets, and teaching materials. Campus lectures by HSU faculty and visiting speakers including Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, Campus/Community Dialogue on Race, and many others are available from this archival repository.
  • Internet Archive - Non-profit library with millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.  KEET-TV has numerous programs uploaded to this archive in addition to their YouTube Library.
  • PBS
    The American Archive of Public Broadcasting - Multi-station archive with a lot of PBS material from years back. It's a good place to start if you are looking for a streaming option for something you have on VHS.
    PBS LearningMedia - Free streaming platform specifically for educators. There are many clips from a ton of programs. You might not find that full episode of NOVA but you might find the clip that you actually want to use.
  • Netflix Educational Videos YouTube Channel - Channel providing some videos without subscription.
  • ALA/FMRT hosted Digital Video Collections Guide - Guide including licensed and freely available quality online resources.
  • Wabash Lily Library Open Streaming Video Collection - Collection offering quality, freely accessible collections of online video.