Film & Media

Borrowing Policies and Procedures

Healey Library's film and media collection is findable in UMBrella. Use the Tweak My Results menu and select Audio Visual as the Material Type to see films, CDs, DVDs, streaming media, and other physical and digital audiovisual materials. 

Faculty, staff, and students may check out a DVD and other media for seven days. 

Check out DVDs and media at the Circulation Desk during library hours. Faculty members must pick the film up in person, or send a previously designated proxy borrower.

Renewals: Library users may renew films through UMBrella or by calling the circulation desk at 617.287.5900. Renewals are possible depending upon pending holds from other users.

Late fees: Film and media returned late is subject to similar fines described in circulation policies.

Lost/Damaged: Users will be charged the replacement cost plus a processing fee for lost or damaged films. (All patrons should be aware that many of the educational films in the Healey collection can cost anywhere from $200-$1,000 for a DVD. The average film retail price does not apply in many cases.


Classroom Viewing (Faculty / Staff Only)

Faculty and staff may reserve films for classroom viewing for a seven day loan period.

Reservations: Faculty and staff must submit a Classroom Viewing Reservation Form at least three weeks in advance to assure that a given film will be available for the date requested. (The library will process forms submitted in a shorter time frame but cannot always assure that a film will be available in the time frame requested.)

If the library does not already own the film, the library will attempt to acquire it for classroom viewing on the date requested.

Library staff will contact the faculty or staff member if a film cannot be available on the date requested.

Viewing Equipment: To arrange for equipment for showing the film in a classroom contact the Media Services division of IT.


Recommend Films for the Collection (Faculty / Staff Only)

Faculty and staff may recommend films to be purchased for the collection using the library’s Film Acquisition form.

Place a Film on Course Reserve (Faculty Only)

Faculty may place a film on course reserves at Healey Library for student use outside of the classroom.

Faculty should send an email with the course number and film title information to

If the film is not already owned by the library, the library will attempt to purchase it to be placed on course reserves.

Streaming Media Request (Faculty Only)

Faculty may request the purchase or conversion of streaming media content for instructional use by submitting a Streaming Media Request Form.  Copyright limitations apply.

Showing a Film to a Group Outside the Classroom Setting

Showing a film from the Healey collection to a group outside of the classroom setting requires performance rights. If the library catalog record for the film does not clearly state that public performance rights are granted, then the person or group interested in showing the film must independently contact the copyright holder to confirm, negotiate, or purchase film performance rights.  

For more information about procuring performance rights, contact the Motion Picture Licensing CorporationMovie Licensing USA, and Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.; all grant public performance rights.

Healey Library

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125 US

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