Library Instruction

Need a Video or DVD for Class?

Step 1:

Check the Library Catalog (IUCAT) at:

If IUSB owns a copy, check it out from the library for the class. You may call in advance to "reserve" the date you need. To do this, contact Kathy Plodowski (520-4380 or If you do this, please note that the video or DVD will be allowed to circulate up until 1 week before you have "reserved" the item.

- If the IUSB library does not own the item - go to Step 2.

Step 2:

Check IUCAT by searching ALL libraries. If the item is held in the ALF (auxiliary library facility) then use the Request Delivery link on the screen to request item. If Bloomington owns in their Media Services collection, then fill out the request form at:

DVDs/ Videos need to be requested at least 7-10 days prior to date of showing.

When mailing DVDs/videos back, make sure that the return address tag, which comes with each video, is placed on the box for return to Bloomington. The box needs to be sealed with a good tape to prevent it from opening during shipment.

Drop into your campus mailbox and they will be retrieved and returned by mailroom staff.

Step 3:

If the video is in IUCAT but cannot be order in Step 1 or Step 2, place an interlibrary loan request about 1 1/2 weeks in advance.* You may place your request online at:

Caution: Interlibrary Loan cannot schedule a video to be here on a specific date. The IU library that owns it may not lend, depending on their policies.

- If an IU library owns the video, but does not lend, the interlibrary loan office will proceed to step 4.

Step 4:

If you cannot find the video or DVD at IU (through an IUCAT search), then your last option is to interlibrary loan the video from an outside source.

To do this you will need to place your interlibrary loan request about 2 weeks in advance.* Interlibrary Loan will search all available lending libraries for the media, but we cannot guarantee when or if it will arrive. Many libraries do not lend Audio-Visual materials, so we have a limited source. We are always happy to try to work within your time frame.

If you have questions about this process or about Interlibrary Loan, call Maureen Kennedy at 520-4433.

*Please do not submit your Interlibrary Loan request more than 2 weeks in advance because we cannot schedule when the video will arrive. When the video does arrive, we only have a short loan period, usually 7 days.

If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact Kathy Plodowski at 520-4380 for assistance.

Last Reviewed: 07/2016