University of Oregon

Videos: Borrowing & Use Policies

The UO Library has about 14,000 items in a variety of moving image formats (DVDs, videotapes, laserdiscs, 16mm films, and online streaming video) which cover all disciplines. The primary purpose of the video collection is to support classroom instruction or face-to-face teaching. Most of the titles in this collection have been purchased at the request of faculty to support instructional activities.

Video viewing is available in the Knight Library Audio & Video Room (Douglass Room) with individual viewing stations.  Group viewing of videotapes is available in study rooms 245, 343, 402, 426.

Borrowing Policy

Instructors are encouraged to book videos for classroom use as far in advance as possible. (Faculty members who need to have another individual pick up videos for them are encouraged to make use of our proxy program.)

Instructors may also place these items on course reserve (with a loan period of 90 minutes, 4 hours, 6 hours, or 24 hours) to make them available in the library for the term.

Video material which is not on reserve or has not been booked for classroom use may be checked out by UO faculty, students, and staff. All others must view the materials in the library. We lend videos to other libraries through Interlibrary Loan or Summit unless the materials are in high use, on reserve, booked for classroom use, or restricted by licensing agreements.

Loan periods (for videos not on reserve):

  • UO Faculty, staff, students, UO Alumni Assoc. members:
    6 days; w/ auto-renew 12 days if not recalled. Maximum ten items at any time. Overdue fines: $3/day
  • Oregon Card holders: 4-hour checkout; library use only

Copyright & Fair Use

Videos are protected by copyright regulations. In all cases, the University of Oregon Libraries complies with applicable legal restrictions found in the U.S. Copyright Law and with any unique terms and conditions that accompany the purchase of certain videos and DVDs.  Some videos are purchased with public performance rights.

Having public performance rights maximizes the ways the UO community may view videos or DVDs. Public performance rights typically allow videos to:

  • be viewed by individuals and groups in a variety of UO campus settings including viewing in a classroom, in the Libraries, or in other University buildings when no admission is charged.
  • be placed on Reserve for checkout to undergraduates.
  • be circulated outside the Libraries subject to library policies and procedures and any other terms and conditions of use dictated by the copyright holder(s).

Because the University of Oregon Libraries has not purchased the public performance rights for many of the titles, use is limited to "face-to-face" teaching situations. Face-to-face teaching implies use in a classroom where students and teachers are in a classroom together viewing the video. All other showings of videos and DVDs require the acquisition of public performance permission from the holder of the rights.

It is the responsibility of the user, not the Libraries, to investigate the procurement of such rights. Procuring public performance rights may incur a fee. The Libraries will provide reasonable assistance to help users identify the distributor and/or producer who may hold the rights to videos or DVDs. Users can consult a reference librarian for assistance.

Users may consult the following websites for information about those producers and distributors who commonly provide public performance rights  and those who almost never grant public performance rights. Please note: These lists are not comprehensive. Also, even the companies that often sell some materials with public performance rights may not sell all of the their titles with such rights. When in doubt, the Libraries advise users to consult the company directly.

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