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Media Desk in the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

The David Kirk Media Center supports the study and teaching of film and digital media, acting, languages, music, and other disciplines. Faculty depend on the Media Center's collections and annually borrow thousands of items for classroom use. Students use

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For Instructors

Media Desk staff manage Course Reserves for items in the Media collection and for music scores from the McHenry Library stacks. To place an item on Course Reserves, you may use our Media Reserves Request Form or send an email to with the subject line "Media Reserves Request" and provide the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Contact information (phone number, alternate email)
  3. Class name
  4. Class number
  5. Call number(s) and title(s) of item(s)

Reserves requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Please allow up to 2 working days to process reserves requests. During the first two weeks of each quarter, please allow up to 4 working days to process reserves requests.

Placing Personal Items on Reserve

The Media Desk will accept instructors' personal items for reserves under the following conditions:

  • Items must be in a format that the Media Desk supports: DVD (any region), DVD-R, VHS (NTSC, PAL), VCD, Laserdisc, CD, audiocassette, phonographic record, print.
  • Items must be legitimate copies: no off-the-air recordings, dubs, or 'ripped' content.
  • Items must be free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.
  • The University Library is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items placed on reserves.

If you wish to place a personal item on reserves, please contact the Media Reserves staff at


Instructors may use our booking service to ensure that an item in our collection is available for use on a specific date. For the most reliable results, we suggest that you place booking requests at least one week in advance of need.

  • A booked item may not be checked out or renewed by another patron if the circulation period would overlap with booking dates. 
  • If you book an item at the last minute and that item is already checked out, we cannot guarantee our ability to honor your booking. 
  • If another instructor has booked an item on the day you need it before you book it, we will not be able to honor your booking request. 
  • If you are planning on having Teaching Assistants pick up films for you to use in class, please set up a Proxy Account for them.

To book an item, please email us at with the subject line "Media Booking" and provide the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Contact information (phone number, alternate email)
  3. Call number(s) and title(s) of item(s)
  4. Date you wish to book the item(s)

Please note that booked items have the same lending period as other items in our collection. Booked items that are on reserve for another class may only circulate for one day.

Media Reserves Borrowing Policy

For Undergraduate Students and University Staff: 

  • Students and staff may check out Media Reserves items for four hours, and may use Media study rooms and equipment.
  • Media Reserves do not go out overnight.
  • Students and staff may not take reserves items out of the Digital Scholarship Commons.

For Faculty, Faculty Proxy Borrowers, and Graduate Students:

  • Faculty, faculty proxies, and graduate students may check out Media Reserves items for 24 hours. 
  • Faculty, faculty proxies, and graduate students may check out Media Reserves items for more than 24 hours if the material is on reserve only for the course they are currently teaching.
  • If faculty, faculty proxies, and graduate students need material that is on Reserve for another instructor's course, for longer than 24 hours, they must obtain permission from the course instructor and mail it to
    •  Once borrowed, these items may not be renewed and are subject to the schedule of late fees for reserves items as described in the Media Billing box, and on the University Library's Billing at a Glance page.