We have range of DVDs which are both commercial and off-air recordings, in 37 different languages. In the Main Library, they are held in the Media Room (Zone 2C) and the Research Reserve. You can watch DVDs in the booths in the Media Room and on PCs. We have USB DVD players which can be borrowed from the Help Desk, both region 1 and region 2. Please let staff know which region player you need.
DVDs in the OLRC can be watched on PCs and headphones can be borrowed from the desk. DVDs are also held in the Shakespeare Institute Library, where you can watch on a DVD player in the AV Room, or using a portable DVD player with a PC.
For information on the range of streaming resources we have access to, see our streaming guide.
The Main Library holds a number of films on VHS, which aren't available on DVD. Please speak to staff to watch them in the Allport Room in the Research Reserve. The VHS players can play NTSC too (a format used for American video).
The Shakespeare Institute Library also holds VHS tapes. Please speak to staff so that the VHS player can be set up for you.
We have a number of CDs in the Media Room (Zone 2C in the Main Library) which can be listened to on PCs and in the booths in the Media Room. Most of them can be borrowed.
The Shakespeare Institute Library holds some CDs. Please speak to staff so that the CD player can be set up for you.
We have a large collection of vinyl records in the Main Library's Research Reserve. A very small number have been catalogued and can be found by searching on FindIt@Bham. The rest are on the card catalogue, which is at the bottom of the stairs as you head to the Research Reserve. The collection is for library use only. Please speak to staff to retrieve a vinyl and to set up a record player in the Allport Room for you.
There are a number of vinyls in the Shakespeare Institute. Please speak to staff so that the record player can be set up for you. The Shakespeare Institute Library also has a number of cassettes. Again, please speak to staff so that the tape machine can be set up in advance.