Library Media Department

The Library Media Department lends non-reserve DVDs, CDs, videos, and other media formats to UMBC students, staff, and faculty. Come explore our collection of 8,500+ DVDs, 9,000+ CDs, 5,600+ Videos, and 18,000+ LPs! The Media Department is located on the 2nd floor of the Library.


Questions? Contact us at: 410-455-2332
Email: medialib@lists.umbc.edu
Fax: 410-455-1078


Finding Media Items

Genre & Subject Lists

These lists provide an overview of recent Media titles that may interest researchers in the various subject fields. They also provide recommended keywords for searching for similar videos in the catalog.

Library Catalog

The Library Catalog contains records for CDs, DVDs, and VHS, as well as streaming videos.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Suggest an item for us to purchase!

Streaming Resources

At this page, you'll find a list of the streaming video databases subscribed to by the Library, as well as links to some free collections.

LP/Vinyl Records Database

Many of our 18,000 records can be searched in this database. If you'd like to explore the remainder, please ask about browsing the collection at the Media Desk.

Records can be checked out for a two-week rental. If you don't own a record player, a listening station with record player is located by the Media desk.


Using Media Items

Listening and Watching Stations

The Library Media Department offers 40+ individual carrels, 20 DVD/VHS viewing stations, and 1 audio station with record player.

Screening Room

Our Screening Room (258) can hold up to 30 people, and features a Blu-ray/DVD player, Windows computer, HD Plasma TV, and VHS player. To reserve the Screening Room, please contact Library Media. Reservations are not required but do take precedence over walk-up appointments. A minimum of 3 people is required to use the room.

Public Performance Rights

Showing a film to a group may require Public Performance Rights (PPR). While some of our films do have PPR, most do not. Please contact Library Media if you plan to screen one of our films for your club or student organization.


Digital Media Lab

AOK Library Digital Media Lab (DML) provides all UMBC students, faculty and staff with tools to create and edit new and re-use existing audio, video and graphic design objects. Equipment and software in the DML is chosen to serve a diverse community with a wide-range of media creation and utilization needs. Equipment and software is available on a self-serve basis, with access to staff assistance, manuals and online help.


Equipment Loan

This program provides the UMBC community with access to audio and video recording equipment suitable for a variety of projects. All equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Fines and Fees

Please note that efforts will be made by email and postal mail to contact patrons concerning outstanding fees; however, it is the patron's responsibility to ensure that the library has accurate contact information on file. The library cannot be held responsible if notices are not received. Updates to contact information may be made at the Circulation desk.

Library fees are payable at the Circulation Desk for up to 30 days after the original billing date. For more details, please consult Library Guideline 251.

If an item you have already returned remains on your library account, a Claims Returned can be filed at the Circulation Desk.


Information For Faculty

Hard-copy and E-reserves

Hard-copy and e-reserves are submitted through the UCORES system. Course reserve material for a semester must be submitted by the following dates in order to ensure that the material is available the first day of class:

Media Booking

Faculty may book media items such as DVDs or CDs for in-class use by completing the Media Booking Form. Please submit your booking request at least one week prior to the date you need the item to ensure its availability, even if it’s on reserve for your course. Booked materials can be picked up at the Media desk.

Regular circulating items will be placed on hold for you and loan for 7 days. Reserve items not listed for your class, or reserves that are cross-listed, can only loan for the length of the class needed (unless prior arrangements have been made).

VHS Collection Statement

The Department of Information Technology (DoIT) has announced that as of June 1, 2017, VHS players will no longer be available for classroom use. The AOK Library would like to address some of the questions and concerns that have been raised by this change.