Video Collection

Finding Videos/Blu-Rays/DVDs for Checkout

Type the title of a video into the OneSearch! box directly to check availability.  Videotapes and DVDs are found in four locations:

Video Type Location Available to
Select youth-related DVDs/Blu-Rays/Videos Youth Collection  UNI faculty, staff and students only
Art/music-related DVDs/Blu-Rays/Videos Fine and Performing Arts Collection UNI faculty, staff, students and visitors
General & Mass-Market DVDs/Blu-Rays/Videos Video Collection (4th Floor, NW corner) UNI faculty, staff, students, and visitors
New Additions to the Library Book Bistro (Main Floor) UNI faculty, staff, students, and visitors

Checking Out and Reserving Videos/Blu-Rays/DVDs

Titles may be booked (reserved in advance for use on specific dates). Circulation and booking requests are handled in the order received- on a first-come, first-served basis.

If a patron wishes to check out or a video or DVD that is currently available, the patron should bring the video or DVD to Library Services on the second floor. If the patron knows of a video title which they would like to "book" and has not been cataloged and which s/he wishes to check out or "book," the patron should also go to Library Services for assistance. Assistance in identifying videos, and confirming their availability in the collection, will continue to be offered at the Reference Desk on the main floor.

Reserve your video online

The loan period for videos/DVD's for all categories of patrons is one week (7 days); however, titles will circulate to ICN students for 2 weeks (14 days). A title which has been booked will not be available for circulation during the 24 hour prior to the booking date. Titles may be picked up in the Library or can be delivered to any campus address. The Library reserves the right to designate selected titles non-circulating.

Renewing Videos/Blu-Rays/DVDs

Videos may be renewed for one week. If the video is booked, the renewal will be blocked or shortened so that the title will not be in circulation during the 24 hours prior to the booking date.


Fines for overdue Blu-Rays, DVDs, and videos. are set at $2.00 a day. Fines accrue for a maximum of two weeks. After two weeks, patrons may be billed for replacement of the item.

Replacement Charges

The replacement fee for each lost or irreparably damaged video is $75.00


The return of videotapes to the Library book drop is strongly discouraged. The patron assumes full responsibility for any videotape, DVD, or Blu-Ray deposited in the book drop. If it is damaged, a fine will be charged.


Videos may be placed on reserve for 3-hour, 3-hour building use, and 3 day loan periods. Library-owned videos, as well as personal copies, may be placed on reserve at Library Services. No videos rented from commercial sources may be placed on reserve. The Library may decline to place a video on reserve if it judges that its use in this manner is not permissible under copyright law. Titles which circulate for 3 hours are subject to a $1.00/hour fine if overdue. Titles which circulate for 3 days are subject to a $5.00/day fine if overdue.

If rights permit, a Library-owned video may be available over the campus video streamer, which is administered by ITS. All arrangements for streaming of Library-owned videos are handled through Library Services.

Not Staff or Student?

You may still check out Rod Library materials by obtaining a free Visitor Courtesy Card from the circulation desk.   Details are available on the Visitors information page

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