The Media Desk in the basement of the Main Library allows UGA students, faculty, and staff to check out videos from their collection of commercially distributed motion pictures, television, and radio programs. Not all items can be checked out, so call them at 706-542-7360 to verify.
Individuals not affiliated with the University of Georgia cannot check out videos but all library patrons may use materials at the Media Desk. The Media Department has viewing stations for DVDs, Blu-Ray, videocassettes, laser discs, and international DVDs.
To see what films the library owns, search in our GIL-Find catalog and then click on the format 'Visual' on the left-hand menu to filter your results to media formats. You can also browse by genre/language in the Media Desk Catalog.
Off-campus use of these resources requires UGA login:
Films on Demand
Offers streaming video for over 7,000 educational films in the arts & humanities, social sciences, business & economics, health & medicine, and science & mathematics as well as a collection of United Newsreels. Films are broken into segments for easy viewing.
Documentaries that address issues in the fields of Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Gender Studies. UGA has access to a small subset of the Kanopy collection.
Birds of North America Online
Contains full descriptions of the bird species of North America. There are images, sound files, and video clips associated with most birds in the database.
Dance Online: Dance in Video
Provides streaming videos covering the full scope of 20th and 21st century dance. The collection includes performances, documentaries, interviews, and instructional videos.
Met Opera on Demand
Online streaming database provides video and/or audio access to over 600 full-length productions from New York۪'s Metropolitan Opera, including recent high-definition videos, telecasts from the 1970s-2000s, and radio broadcasts dating back to 1936.
Music Online: Classical Performance in Video
Over 2,000 streaming classical music performance videos including operas, concertos, symphonies, and other genres along with documentaries, interviews, music instruction videos, and more.
Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda
A collection of digitized documentaries, newsreels, and features that reveals war, history, current affairs, culture and society as seen through the socialist lens. The collection ranges from the early twentieth century to the 1980s and covers countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain and Cuba.
These resources are freely available to all users from any location:
Digital Library of Georgia
The Digital Library of Georgia provides access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life for researchers, scholars, students, and the general public. The DLG contains over 15,000 streaming video clips. On the left menu, click "Type" and then select "Moving Image" and then add keywords to search for videos on whatever topic you would like to find.
Digital Public Library of America
DPLA has a growing collection of moving images, mostly historical documentary and news footage, from libraries across the U.S. including UGA's Brown Media Archives (for more about other collections in the Brown Media Archives, see next section below). After doing a keyword search for your topic, you can "refine your search" to find moving images.
Civil Rights Digital Library
The Civil Rights Digital Library provides educational content on the struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s. It includes a digital video archive of historical news film allowing learners to be nearly eyewitnesses to key events of the Civil Rights Movement.
The National Screening Room
A project of the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, the National Screening Room is a digital collection that provides free access to hundreds of hours of motion pictures and showcases the riches of the Library’s vast moving image collection. The films range from fiction and non-fiction to home movies and social life and customs to newsreels and actualities, covering a period of more than a hundred years, from 1890-1999.
Search over 14 million records of museum objects, archives, and library materials including more than 3 million online images, videos, and audio recordings.
Newsreels from 1896-1976 including footage from the UK and worldwide on major events, people, culture, sport, and trends with extensive coverage of the First and Second World Wars.
AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials
The AdViews digital collection provides access to thousands of historic television commercials created for clients or acquired by the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B) advertising agency or its predecessor during the 1950s - 1980s.
The Walter J. Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection is housed in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Building. Their collection currently includes more than 250,000 titles in film, video, audiotape, transcription disks, and other recording formats dating from the 1920s to the present. Among the major video collections:
The Peabody Awards Collection includes almost every entry since 1948 for television. Entries may be viewed onsite in the Special Collection Library, although some of the entries can be viewed online.
The Brown Media Archive has several newsfilm collections, most significantly the WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection which includes raw footage from Atlanta's first television station between 1949-1981. Entries may be viewed onsite in the Special Collection Library, although some of the entries can be viewed online. Search the Newsfilm database.
The Home & Amateur Movies Collection features film and video taken by amateurs showing daily life, vacations, and events ranging from a plantation baseball game to aftermath of the 1936 Gainesville tornado.
For research assistance, contact the Walter J. Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection.