Audiovisual Department

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

As of June 1, 2018, inquiries can be sent to (for questions about services, collections, equipment, etc.) OR (to reserve an AV room).
Hours - Fall and Spring Semester
  • Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

 Hours - J-Term

  • Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Phone: 507.933.7571

Loan Periods for Audiovisual Material

Gustavus faculty and staff: 14 days
Local school teachers and MSU faculty: 5 days
Gustavus students and public library members: 3 days

Course Reserves

These audiovisual materials have been placed on reserve at the audiovisual counter. These materials have much shorter check-out periods, chosen by the professor placing them on reserve. They are:

Two hours
Four hours

These materials are for in-house use only and cannot be taken out of the library.

Collection Holdings

The audiovisual collection consists of non-print material, including:

  • DVDs/Videos (6,000+)
  • Films (16mm)
  • Slides
  • Audio cassettes

We have an excellent collection of documentary videos; many are based on novels and many are in foreign languages. We have a smaller cllection of 16mm films, slides and audiotapes. The audiotapes range from poetry to a series of American history tapes. Our slide collection supports the art and language curriculum as well as other Library of Congress subjects. DVDs and videos are the majority of the audiovisual collection.

Unique highlights of our audiovisual collection include many Bergman and Max VonSydow videos and all 37 plays from Shakespeare's BBC series on DVD. We also have the Nobel Conference audio and videotapes from 1979 to the present.

Searching Tips for Audiovisual Materials

All videos, DVDs, films, slides and audiocassettes are cataloged in the library's catalog.

Audiovisual Services

The Library AV Classrooms I and II are available for faculty and student presentations as well as video screenings. AV Classroom I has a Sony Data Projection System. Faculty may also schedule video/DVD classroom screenings. The seating capacity is 45 comfortably, however more chairs can be made available. AV Classroom II has a 42-inch large screen TV and VCR with seating capacity of 30 plus additional chairs. To reserve these rooms, call 933.7571 or e-mail


Two webcams from the Career Center are on reserve in the Audiovisual Department; they may be checked out for 24 hours. A webcame with Podcast Capture software is available for students to use at the library in room 103B (lower level).

Purchasing/Ordering Information

The Library Audio Visual Department is the acquisition center for all campus DVD/Video purchases. This campus policy was instituted to ensure licensing agreements were appropriate for classroom face-to-face teaching, and to help control duplication of titles and inventory. These videos will be cataloged and available to faculty in all departments. Additionally, these may be checked out to academic departments on a long-term basis.

While video recordings with Public Performance Rights usually cost significantly more than those for Home Use Only, the Library will make every reasonable effort to purchase materials with Public Performance Rights or at least with Educational Performance rights in order to ensure compliance with Copyright laws and regulations. Faculty specifying Home Use Only version on their requests for video recordings or supplying Home Use Only video recordings will be informed of the policy and provided with the prices of the Public Performance versions whenever possible.

Your library acquisitions budget may be used for DVD/Video purchases. Many distributors offer discounts for these acquisitions. Contact your library liaison for more information.

See the Library's complete Collection Development Policy for other considerations.

Video Recordings: Terms of Use Policy

Video recordings, whether on videotape, CD-ROM, DVD, or other formats, are subject to copyright protection, as spelled out in US Code Title 17. The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library adheres to this Video Recording Policy to ensure the College is in compliance with the law. The Library purchases and makes available recorded materials with the following rights and limitations: for Home Use Only, with Educational Performance Rights, or with Public Performance Rights.

Home Use Only
A video recording purchased with a "Home Use Only" license may not be shown for public performance. Video recordings without defined performance rights will be considered to be licensed for Home Use only. Home Use restricts showings "in home" to a "normal circle of family and its social acquaintances." Home Use Only video recordings may be borrowed from the library for viewing at home. There is a single exception to Home Use Only referred to as the "face-to-face teaching" exemption.
Face-to-Face Teaching
The copyright law contains an exception which allows the lawful use of "home use only" (Title 17, US Code, Copyrights, Section 110(1): Limitations on exclusive rights). The following is not an infringement of copyright: Performance or display of a video by instructors or students in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction.
Educational Performance
Video recordings acquired with Educational Performance Rights may be shown in a classroom or place devoted to instruction. They may be checked out to students and others for campus educational use. They are not to be shown to groups outside the classroom. Video recordings in this category may be placed on reserve for student study purposes.
Public Performance
To perform or display video recordings at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons gather. Video recordings acquired by Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library with Public Performance Rights are not subject to the above restrictions.