Last fall Kim’s Video donated its entire rental collection of VHS and DVDs from the former store on Broadway and 113th Street to Columbia University Libraries. As of September, nearly two thousand DVD titles are now available in the Butler Media Center for currently enrolled students, staff and faculty to check out from the library.
The Kim’s Video collection of 17,500 DVDs, 10,000 VHS tapes and 500 box sets covers every genre of film and TV programming, including such diverse areas as Asian film, anime, and horror/thriller films. The gift was presented in honor of the Film Division in the School of the Arts.
Located in Butler Library 208, the Media Center contains two separate collections. One is a non-circulating Research collection. The other is a new Circulating collection, with a concentration on classic, documentary, and performing arts films in DVD, VHS, and laserdisc formats. Students can check out two films at a time, for a length of three days. Faculty may check out two films at a time, for up to seven days. Just look for "Butler Media (Circulating), 208 Butler" in the CLIO record.
Last year, the Libraries heard from many students about the demand for a circulating film collection through the Libraries’ 2009 Online Survey. We invite you to comment on this blog post, and let us know what you think of the new circulating film collection.
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