The collection

Skillman Library has a multi-disciplinary collection of feature films and documentaries available on DVD and VHS formats. You can find information about the collection using the Library catalog. (For more information, see Finding DVDs and Videocassettes).

Items in the collections of other LVAIC institutions (Lehigh University, Muhlenburg College, Moravian College, Cedar Crest College and DeSales University) may also be available through interlibrary loan.

Borrowing procedures

Films in Skillman’s collection may be checked out for seven days by Lafayette faculty, staff and students and may be renewed once for seven days.

Interlibrary loan

If you are looking for an item that is not listed in the Library catalog, submit an interlibrary loan request via the interlibrary loan system. Films from other LVAIC institutions need a minimum of two days for delivery and have a loan period of two days. If you need help finding out what is available on a topic or general subject, contact the reference department at or call (610) 330-5155.

Reserving materials for class use

Faculty can reserve materials for classroom use by contacting Tami Kurzeja in the Acquisitions Department, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ext. 5149) for assistance. We recommend reserving films well in advance so as to ensure their availability by the date needed.

Viewing facilities

DVDs may be viewed on any PC or Mac in the Library. If the computer does not have a drive, external DVD drives for the Macs & PCs and headphones for use while watching DVDs may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk. There are TV/VCR units on the ground floor of Skillman. Please note: DVDs and videos must be checked out even when you are viewing them in the Library.

Viewing non-U.S. region DVDs

The Library owns a number of DVDs from region codes other than region 1 (United States, Canada, Bermuda, U.S. territories). They will not play on most on DVD players made for the U.S. market that are found in the Library, the Lafayette classrooms or your home. You can view non-US DVDs on any Lafayette PC or Mac, however, by inserting the disc in the DVD drive and choosing “VLC Media Player” from the list of media players offered on these computers. Once VLC is open, click on the familiar play icon (an arrow), then select “Disc”. The “DVD (menus)” option is the default. You do not need to enter any additional information about the DVD; simply click on “OK”. VLC will read the DVD and bring you to the DVD menu. If you would like to add VLC Media Player to your own computer, it is freely available on the internet for download.

Purchasing policies

Skillman Library welcomes your suggestions for films to add to the collection. We can easily purchase many films in general release. However, cost can be a significant factor for non-feature films, so we scrutinize these purchase recommendations more closely than others. If you would like to make a recommendation for our general collection, please use our purchase recommendation form. Faculty who have film requests related to research interests or course curricula, including licensing requests for streaming, should submit a Faculty Media Request Form to Kylie Bailin. We currently arrange for streaming through Swank’s Digital Campus program; to see if a Swank license may be available for a film, start by checking their Digital Campus catalogue.

Copyright compliance

Faculty, students and staff are responsible for complying with copyright laws for films. The DVDs and videocassettes purchased for the Library collection are intended for the classroom or private home use of the Lafayette community. Public performance licenses are generally required for the use of videos or DVDs as part of an entertainment or cultural program. For more information, see our guide on obtaining public performance licenses.

Conditions for classroom use

Under the fair use provisions, copyrighted videotapes or DVDs are available for classroom use without obtaining permission from the copyright owner provided the requirements for teaching purposes are met (see 17 U.S.C. Sec. 110, Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performances and displays). For a brief and useful summary of these conditions, consult the American Library Association’s Library Fact Sheet 7: Video and Copyright.