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Video collections

A video collection composed primarily of documentaries and feature films in multiple languages for classroom use is circulated by Lending Services on the first floor of the Fairchild-Martindale Library. The videos, in DVD and VHS formats, are fully cataloged on ASA, Lehigh's Library Catalog, and may be borrowed for a scheduled screening in class.
 
In certain situations, such as distance and online courses, streaming a film may be desirable. If licensing costs or copyright fair use concerns can be satisfied, LTS may be able to provide this service. To begin the process of requesting streaming service please use the Streaming Video Request form. Requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to date needed.
 
Reserving a video for class
Faculty and staff may use the Video Request Form to reserve videos or to recommend new videos to be acquired. Some videos may be borrowed from an LVAIC institution.  Materials may be held on reserve for group or individual viewing at the Circulation Desk at Fairchild Martindale Library.  For assistance, contact Ricky Houck at rmh415@lehigh.edu or at 610-758-4924.
 
Guidelines on Performance Rights for Faculty and Graduate Students
Lehigh’s video collection has been built to support the instructional mission of the university, and we encourage you to make maximum use of this excellent resource in your teaching. Section 110(1) of the U.S. Copyright Act describes the nature of the exemption that enables us to purchase feature films and other videos that are generally sold exclusively for home use and show them in an educational setting. Occasionally, we purchase films that come with broader rights. Faculty should consult with Media Center staff or subject librarians to determine the performance rights associated with any particular video.
 
In general, the use of most videos added to the library collection, and, in particular, the use of feature films, is limited to a classroom or similar location for instruction. Here are some additional guidelines for video showings:
 
* Attendees should be limited to members of the university community; 
* An instructor should be present to provide an educational context for the showing;
* There should not be off-campus advertising,  through posters or flyers, email, or internet, that implies that the showing is open to the public;
* No admission fee may be charged.
 
If you wish to seek permission for public performance rights for a particular video or to find out about fees for showing a film for a single event, please consult with staff in the Media Center, allowing ample time for negotiations and processing.
 
Contact:
Christine Roysdon, Director for Library Collections & Scholarly Communication  (610-758-3049, cmr0@lehigh.edu)