On-Site Listening and Viewing Facilities

The Media Desk is equipped to support viewing and listening of film and audio materials from our collections, including materials on reserve. This includes DVD (including BluRay), VHS, and audio CD. Use of Vinyl LPs and audiotapes can be arranged by contacting the Media Desk staff at (858) 534-8074. All of our media stations can be used by individuals or support up to four users. For larger groups we have Group Viewing & Listening Rooms available to book.

During Media Desk hours, UCSD and UC students, faculty and staff may use media stations with no time limit unless other UCSD patrons are waiting. Non-affiliates have access to two designated playback stations for a maximum of 2 hours per day per each non-affiliate. Priority is always given to UCSD patrons, especially when needing to view course reserve materials.

Screening of 16mm film must be arranged in advance by submitting the 16mm viewing request form

Viewing and Listening

  • Always bring a valid campus or government issued photo ID.
  • Headphones are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • For faster service, be prepared to provide the complete Call Number of the item being requested.
  • Keep conversations and volume levels of the headphones at a reasonable level.
  • The stations are for listening to audio or viewing moving image materials from the UCSD Libraries collections. During peak periods (midterms and finals) patrons using the stations for recreational purposes will be asked to give up stations to users preparing for UCSD exams or completing assigned coursework.

Group Viewing & Listening Room Guidelines

We have two group viewing & listening rooms for groups of 4 - 31 students. We can screen VHS, Blu Ray, DVDs & CDs.

How to Reserve a Group Viewing & Listening Room

Please contact LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu to schedule a group viewing or listening session. For any questions on scheduling a group viewing or listening session, please contact the Media desk at (858)-534-8074.

Group Viewing & Listening Rooms 1 & 2 - Specifications

Room 1 can accommodate 19 students

Room 2 Closed through December 20th

Larger classes (up to 31 students during the academic year) may occupy both viewing rooms to view or listen to the same content on a simultaneous feed. Spaces for larger classes requiring access to 16mm films, LPs, and cassette tapes will be identified as needed.

Please contact LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu to schedule a group viewing session.