Music and Media

DVDs & CDs are located at the Service Desk (Library North, 1st floor)


About the Music & Media Collections

The library has a DVD collection of nearly 4,000 titles which cover a wide range of subjects that support the University curriculum. In addition, the library has a collection of nearly 3,000 music CDs including Classical, Jazz, World, and Popular Music. Be sure to also check out Music Online for access to a vast collection of music available 24/7.  The DVD and CD collections are used by faculty in the classroom and professors can also request to have them placed on Course Reserve. Students can also check-out DVDs/CDs for a limited loan period. They are available at the Circulation Desk (Library North, 1st floor).

We now also have a number of streaming media resources (video & audio) included in our collection of online databases which you can access from anywhere with your MyCalStateLA login.

To see what DVDs, CDs, or Music Scores are available in the library start by searching the library catalog.

Information about the loan periods for media is available on the Borrowing Policies page.

To use a DVD/CD in the library, check-out a set of headphones from the library Service Desk (Library North, 1st Floor) and use any library computer.

Please do not place media materials in the book drop


Media Online

Library Streaming Video & Audio Collections

(Note:  To use these resources from off-campus you'll need to enter your MyCalStateLA user name & password)

Ambrose Video includes the complete BBC Shakespeare Plays, American History, History of Christianity, Great American and British Authors, Human Physical Geography, Human Body, Science, History of Civil Rights in America series and more.

Films On Demand is a Web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos online. Chosen from thousands of high-quality educational titles in multiple subject areas. The Master Academic Collection contains approximately 11,200 full-length videos / 166,000 video clips, and the Nursing Video Collection contains approximately 1,400 full-length videos / 14,000 video clips.

Kanopy is an online video streaming service.  CSULA Kanopy subscription currently includes 141 videos from The Media Education Foundation (MEF) Collection.  MEF videos encourage critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media with a special focus on representations of gender and race, and the effect these representations have on identity and culture. MEF films are especially well-suited for use in Communication, Education, Race and Gender, Sociology and Psychology courses.

Music Online is a comprehensive streaming audio collection. It currently provides access to over 900,000 tracks, including over 45,000 unique recordings including the Classical, Jazz, World, American, and Popular music genres.

Web Search Engines & Directories for Media

Media Channel (search for video on the web)
MP3 Audio Files Search Engine (from Lycos)

Audio on the web

American Memory Project (Library of Congress) -- includes maps, film clips, sound recordings, photos & prints.
Great Speeches (from the History Channel) -- audio of famous American speeches
Historic Audio Archives -- includes audio clips from WWII, Richard Nixon, Civil Rights leaders, etc. -- audio files
National Public Radio
Radio Online -- Search engine allows you to search for radio stations on the web by call letters, city, state, etc. Videos -- listing of audio & video sources on the web

Film/Video on the web

American Memory Project (Library of Congress) -- includes maps, film clips, sound recordings, photos & prints.
BMW Films -- short films featuring award-winning directors
CNN Video -- Current event video clips
iFilm: The Internet Movie Guide -- includes short films, movie clips, etc.
Internet Archive: Movie Collection -- Over 900 films depicting 20th Century life, culture, industry, etc. in North America.
National Archives -- Historic films, documentaries available to view online
Short Form -- online collection of short films, animations, etc.
Video Detective -- over 20,000 streaming video previews
YouTube -- a vast collection of video clips with a search engine

Software Downloads & Plug-ins for viewing web media

Apple Quicktime Player (for Windows or Mac)
Marcomedia Shockwave & Flash Players (for Internet Explorer/Netscape/AOL)
RealOne Media Player (plays audio & video internet files)
Windows Media Player (plays AVI's, MPEG, QuickTime & other formats)


Information for Faculty

All media materials (DVDs, Music CDs, & Media on Course Reserve) are housed and available for check-out at the main Service Desk (Library North, 1st floor)

Please return media items to the Circulation Desk - Do not place them in the book drop.

About Placing Media on Course Reserve:

Faculty may request to have media materials (library-owned or your personal copies) placed on reserve at the Circulation Desk for one semester.  Items on reserve are restricted to library use only.*

*If an item is on course reserve, a faculty member may borrow the item for use in a class, but you are encouraged to return it immediately after use.

To place media materials on reserve, please visit the Course Reserves page.

Media purchase requests:

If you would like to request the purchase of media materials for the library's collection, please send an email to your department's Library Coordinator with the title, format, and vendor (if known). You may first want to read the University Library's Media Collection Development Policy section above.

Media Borrowing Policies

Charles Champlin's Top 100 Films List