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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Library Collections

A guide to the collections of the duPont Library

Physical Media Collections

The Library has over 10,000 DVD videos, 4,000 music CDs, and 1,800 spoken word CD's. The collection was developed to support the instructional and research programs of the university, as well as the cultural and recreational needs of the community.

Video Collection

Most of our videos are DVD format discs. Blu-ray discs are purchased when DVD is not available, and some titles have both formats. Videos have a loan period of seven days and patrons may borrow up to five titles at a time. Some videos are also on Reserve for class use. The collection is arranged into several sections. Animated, Children's Movies, Features, Foreign Films, and Television shows are shelved separately from the educational videos, which have Library of Congress call numbers.

Music CD Collection

CD'sThe CD collection includes mainly classical and ethnic music and some popular music intended to support the curriculum. CD's are arranged by Audio-CD number, in the approximate order of purchase, so that the most recently acquired titles are at the end. The CD's have a 3-day loan period. Additional CD's and also vinyl LP recordings are housed in the Ralston Music Library.

Spoken Audio Collection

This collection consists of spoken-word recordings in CD format. The collection is arranged in LC classification, except for two special categories:

Radio Shows
Example: The Amos 'n' Andy Show    Call number: Audio Radio Amo

Children's Books and Stories
Example: Favorite Children's Stories   Call number: Audio Children Fav

Spoken Audio CDs have a loan period of 5 weeks.

Theology Media

CassetteRecordings and videos purchased by the theology program to support its programs are no longer separated from the main collection, but a collection of older formats such as cassettes, slides, and kits are still housed in a media room adjacent to the Theology Reference office. Most materials are classified with LC call numbers and are available for checkout with varying loan periods.