Falvey Library offers much more than books

Laura Hutelmyer

You look at your syllabus and notice that, along with reading assignments from your textbook and a possible field trip, you are required to watch videos. “The Mystery of Stonehenge” and “Byzantium: From Splendor to Ruin,” or better yet, your professor has put together a diverse syllabus that requires you to watch Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” “He Got Game” starring Denzel Washington, “The Matrix” with Keanu Reeves, and “Shakespeare in Love” featuring Gwyneth Paltrow. Does this mean several trips to the TLA video store in Bryn Mawr or a visit to Reel Devine Video in the Connelly Center? The answer is no. You can view all of these videos between classes or in your spare time at Falvey Memorial Library.

The library’s entire video collection, which exceeds 4,000 titles, as well as over 700 CDs and a variety of audio cassettes were moved during the summer of 2003 from the Instructional Media Services department on the ground floor of the library to the Old Falvey Reading Room located inside the Bound Periodical stacks.

Ten Audio Visual stations equipped with VHS/DVD players and headphones were also relocated to an area alongside the copy machines on the first floor of the library. For any student wanting to hear Seamus Heaney read “Beowulf” or Al Covaia read “The Confessions of Saint Augustine,” two of the stations come equipped with cassette players.

Although the Falvey Library videos, CD’s and audio cassettes are not allowed to be checked out of the library, it is possible to view or listen to the materials with your friends or classmates, since each viewing station can accommodate up to four people.

When you are ready to view an assigned video or even take a break for an hour and watch something fun, obtaining the desired materials is easy. Your request can be placed at the Media Center desk on the first floor of the library. You will be required to sign in and show your wildcard before proceeding to the audio visual station to view or listen to your selection.

If you are requesting a video that your professor has put on reserve, it helps to have your syllabus or the title of the video. Requesting materials by using the professor’s name can be confusing since some professors have several titles on reserve at one time.

So the next time you need a quick biographical sketch of Sigmund Freud or your professor wants you to have an idea of what the 1950s were like (David Halberstam’s “The Fifties,” a six-volume set) Falvey Library’s Media Center is the place to go.

Or if you just want to relax and enjoy a good flick, stop in and watch “Field of Dreams,” “8 Mile,” or “Monsoon Wedding” between classes.

And for those of you who just need to fulfill the video requirements on your syllabus, the Media Center’s hours correspond with the library hours. Any questions can be directed to the Media Center desk at x9-4541.