Discover the Media Center in O'Neill Library

By Julie DeCesare

Happy fall, everyone! With cooler weather around the corner, we thought now would be a good time to introduce you to the Media Center. If you haven't stopped by yet, please do so. The Media Center holds the Boston College Libraries audiovisual collection-- over 30,000 items on DVD, VHS, CD, and more! There is more information about our services and loan policies on the Libraries' website. The DVD collection holds some great items and focuses on enriching, enlightening, and entertaining the Boston College community. The collection was started strictly as an instructional collection, purchases were made based on faculty needs and it only circulated for classes. Over the years, we saw that need overlapping with student demands. The staff at the Media Center, and the Libraries' subject specialists, have been working very hard to build a collection that holds great documentaries, a phenomenal foreign film collection, complete television series, and award winning feature films. All of our holdings are listed in Quest. To search for a video or DVD, follow these directions. From Quest, you can see if a title is already checked out, or if it is on reserve. Keep in mind the Media Center moves fast and items can be unavailable quickly.


Victoria Farrell '11 and Van Nguyen '11
from O'Neill Media Center
Photo by Kevin Tringale

Not only do we help faculty acquire titles for their classes, but we also encourage students and student groups to suggest titles for their academic needs. To see what new items have been added to our collection, subscribe to our RSS feed or visit our blog. While searching Quest, you might come across a title that doesn't have a call number and the status reads on-order or in-process. A request placed in Quest for an item designated on-order or in-process will automatically assign a rush status to the item and processing is expedited. Delivery time varies depending on whether the item is on site or still on order with a vendor. The Media Center will 'hold' the title for five days after the request is completed.

The Media Center has an extremely knowledgeable staff. They can provide recommendations and impromptu reviews or show you how to find more information about a title. They know the collection and policies very well and will help you. Do you need help finding online video for a class project or paper? Or do you want to know if a Media Center title can be used for a public screening by your student group? Contact the Digital Media Librarian, Julie DeCesare, Many documentaries in the collection have been purchased with Public Performance Rights, which means they can be shown at events on campus. For example, titles like "The Corporation", "The Future of Food", "Dreamworlds", and the series "Eyes on the Prize" are a just a few titles that can be screened by student groups. If we don't have the correct licensing, Media Technology Service's Film & Video Rental office can help.

The BC Libraries and the Media Center support a Streamed Film Collection available to members of the BC community. The Streamed Film Collection holds full-length films from educational media vendors. The library has purchased the digital rights to convert these videos and DVDs, all of which are from the O'Neill Media Center collection, and make them available online to the BC Community. Each film is streamed as a Real Media file (download Real Player) through the BC Libraries' Digital Collections. These online films are available only to the Boston College community and you need a BC username and password to access the collection. Right now, we have close to 100 titles available, but we expect the collection to grow in the upcoming months.

Media Center
Level 2 O'Neill Library
x2-4466 or

Academic Year Hours:
Sun 12p-9p
Mon-Th 8a-11p
Fri 8a-9p
Sat 9a-5p

Julie DeCesare, Digital Media Librarian, O'Neill Library