Frequently Asked Questions - Media

1. How long can we take equipment out for?
Audio-visual equipment circulates on an hourly or on a daily loan depending on whether it is a) high demand, high-use equipment and b) the number we have of a given type of equipment. Check out the list of equipment and the corresponding loan periods.

2. How do I book equipment?
To book equipment, you can either

3. How do I borrow equipment?
Come to the General Services Desk on Level 10 to pick up the equipment any time the Library is open. To ensure the equipment is available you may book the equipment ahead of time. You can book it yourself through the Library Catalogue or ask the General Services Desk staff to book it for you (403-329-2265).  For information on how to book through the Library Catalogue, see question #2 above. [More]

4. How long will you hold booked equipment?
Booked equipment will only be held for a half hour past the booking time. Then it will be circulated to anyone else who requests it. [More]

5. Can I legally show a film/DVD from the Library to my class or another group on campus?
Many feature films/DVDs in the Library come with Public Performance Rights (PPR) which means that showing any of these films without charge on campus is legal and covered under the Canadian Copyright Act (CCA). Accepting money, 'donations' or any other form of compensation for a showing is in contravention of the CCA and against the law.

The library's licensing agreements require you to submit a Public Performance License report every time a film/DVD is shown on campus.

Those films/DVDs in the Library that do not have Public Performance Rights will state this on the film/DVD. These films/DVDs may not be shown in a class or to another group on campus.  

6. Can I legally show a film/DVD from sources outside the Library to my class or another group on campus?
You must ensure that feature films acquired from sources outside the library (e.g. video stores, other libraries, personal collections) are cleared for public performance before they are shown on campus. To do this, confirm that the title is included under one of our existing licensing agreements by checking the title in the Audio Cine Films Inc. or Criterion Pictures databases. If the title is not included in one of these sources, you must arrange for the PPR by contacting the copyright holder yourself.

The library's licensing agreements require you to submit a Public Performance License report every time a film/DVD is shown on campus.

7. Where can I access Firewire on campus?
You can borrow Firewire cables from the General Services Desk or access it in the Mac labs:

8. Where can I digitize VHS material?
You can digitize materials in the Mac labs:

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 Content Revised: February 28, 2013


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