Science Library: Video Games
The Science Library has a small collection of video games for circulation to UO students, staff and faculty.
These games are located at the checkout desk of the science library, and may be found in the online catalog under their titles or by choosing "UO only" in the dropdown to the right of the search box and looking for keywords such as Wii or Xbox, and then using the facets on the left to narrow to game materials. The Libraries are in the middle of migrating to a new catalog in June 2014, and are still working on improving the faceting options for games. Please ask for help at our desk if you need help locating a particular game, or stop by the library to browse the collection in person.
Games may be checked out until 3:00 pm on the third day after checkout by UO students, staff, and faculty with photo ID. There will be no exceptions to the photo ID policy for game consoles, and borrowers will be asked to sign an agreement regarding condition of the game console at the first check-out each term; this process takes a few minutes. Borrowers should also expect to wait at check-in while staff ascertain that all parts are accounted for. Non-UO borrowers may not check the games out, and there is no specific on-site location or equipment to play the games.
Users are limited to two games at a time, as well as the game console and any appropriate accessories (such as guitars or additional controllers). Only one console will be checked out to any user at one time, so if a user checks out games for different systems, they can't also check out both consoles. Games may be "booked" ahead of time, allowing borrowers to reserve a copy for a specific time. Only two games and one console may be booked for any particular period, and games and consoles may not be booked for consecutive periods by the same borrower (such bookings, when observed, will be deleted). Borrowers may book, for any given period, up to two games, a console, and any necessary accessories such as additional or game-specific controllers. Borrowers are limited to two such bookings "events" per week, with the additional limitation against consecutive bookings, and repeated nonconsecutive bookings for the same borrower for the same popular games may also be deleted at staff discretion.
Users who are planning large-scale events and would like to check out several games for a short period should discuss their plans at least a week ahead of time with staff in the Science Library
Additional information about booking can be found here, or staff at any checkout desk can assist.
Overdue fines for video games are $3 per hour for each hour or fraction of an hour; the fines may apply to each individually checked out item, so a game console, a guitar controller, and a Guitar Hero game, for instance, could accrue three times the fine as there are three pieces. In addition to fines, failure to return consoles in a timely manner could result in suspension of library privileges and/or retroactive rental charges. Further details of overdue policies are available at the checkout point.
Each console comes with the basics to hook it up in ordinary ways and play games. Additional hookups (HDMI/composite), controllers, and accessories are available. At this time, the following consoles and accessories are available:
- Nintendo Wii
- Nintendo DS Lite Gameboy DS
- Nintendo 3DSs
- Sony Playstation 2
- Nintendo 64 console
- Sony Playstation 3 console
- XBox 360 consoles
- XBox One
- Sony Playstation 4
The following is a non-exhaustive list of accessories that may be available for checkout:
- Additional controllers (various types)
- dance pads
- one Wii Fit balance board
- two Mario "wheel" controllers for Wii
- one Wii Fit balance board
- guitar and rock band controllers (rock band requires advance discussion with staff to check out)
- Sony motion device
- USB chargers
So far, we have approximately 400 games, most of which work on the consoles we have - we have a few WiiU, PS Vita, and Gamecube games as well. We are accepting donations, if you have older games which might work on one of these systems and which are in good shape. Contact Annie Zeidman-Karpinski to discuss donations.
We're also interested in learning what additional games we should purchase when funds allow. If you have suggestions, please visit the Libraries' materials request form, fill in your suggestion, and choose Annie Zeidman-Karpinski (Computer & Information Science) as the subject specialist.