The Media Collection contains most of the Main Library’s non-print materials including newspapers, microfilm, microfiche, microcards, audio cassettes, records, video cassettes, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and laser discs. Items in the media collection can be both retrieved and returned at the Service Desk, located on the first floor in the Main Library.

The InfoHawk+ is the most complete listing of videos in The University of Iowa Libraries.

Collection Contact
Phone: (319) 335-5299
E-mail: or

Picture of DVDs is the media collection

Course Reserve

To place media materials on reserve or view the policies, please see the Course Reserve website.


To view the Media Collection Circulation Policies, please see the Main Library Circulation Policies website.

  • 16mm films are for instruction use only. They can be checked out for the class period by the instructor and must be returned after class.
  • Software, microfilm, microfiche, and microcards may be checked out for the same period as books, based on UI status.
  • Records, audio cassettes, and laser discs may be checked out for seven days.
  • Videos and equipment may be used in the Main Library for those users not eligible to receive a borrower’s permit. A picture-ID must be presented and will be held during the time the equipment and material is being used.

Group Showing of Videos (Public Performance Rights) – see the guide for Copyright: Classroom Use.


Players in Main Library

  • Mircrofilm/fiche Scanners
  • DVD/Blu-ray (region free, NTSC/PAL) Player
  • VHS Player

Players available by request

  • PAL/SEACAM (non-NTSC) VHS Player
  • Laser Disc Player


Index to Microform Collection Guides – An annotated index of Media Service’s nearly 250 microform holdings that have guides.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Film Collection
The BTAA has made available 16mm films to members.  These films are located at the University of Iowa Main Library. 85 films are available to users at BTAA institutions for use in classrooms, independent studies, and research.  Once a title is found, University of Iowa users can ask at the Main Library Service Desk for the 16mm film to be retrieved from storage.  For users in a BTAA library, your local interlibrary loan department should be contacted as the films will be lent out via the interlibrary loan service.