Pew Learning Center & Ellison Library


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Finding A/V Materials

The easiest way to find audiovisual materials in our library is by looking in the library catalog. You can simply use the default keyword search for a title or a subject (or parts of the title or subject.)

You can also limit your search to a particular type of item, such as video cassettes, DVDs, or audio CDs. To do this, go to the "Advanced Search" screen, and for "material type", choose either Video (VHS), DVD, or Sound Record.

It's also possible to browse our audiovisual holdings online, using the library catalog. Use the "Dewey & Local call numbers" search option.

To browse a list of audio compact discs:
in the search box, type "circ. desk audio CD". Click "Next" near the top of the results screen to scroll through the pages.

To browse a list of our DVDs:
in the search box, type "a/v DVD". Click "Next" near the top of the results screen to scroll through the pages.

For a list of video cassettes:
in the search box, type "a/v video". Click "Next" near the top of the results screen to scroll through the pages.

You can also browse the shelves for our video collections, as they are shelved in our open stacks on the main level of the library, just beyond the fiction collection. Our audio CDs and compact discs are shelved near the circulation desk, by the photocopier on the main floor.