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Our Mission

The Media Services Unit develops and maintains a collection of media materials; offers media related services; and provides classrooms, equipment, and other playback facilities in support of the academic and staff development programs of the University.


Streaming Video
Access thousands of videos, off campus or on campus - 24/7
Visual Media
A collection of 16,000+ DVDs to support AU academic programs.
Home Use
10,000+ DVDs, feature films and docs that students can take out of the library.
Sound Effects
Effects on CDs and online free to use in student projects, films, and presentations.

Finding Aids

Streaming Guides
Brief lists of streaming videos by topic. If you regularly use Media Services DVDs in your classroom, this guide can offer online streaming video alternatives.
Docuseek Subject Guides
Streaming titles currently available from one of our best sources. Titles in 667 areas of study.
Compilations of our holdings in many commonly taught subject areas.
Browsable Collections
Browse picks from the Home Use Collection by topic area. Over 30 boards -Animation, Arab Cinema, Film Noir and many more.
Searching Tips
Helpful tips to improve your search results when using the media search box.


General Services
Information about borrowing policies, presentation materials, and forms/requests.
Faculty Services
Faculty borrowing, curriculum design assistance, purchase requests, classrooms, etc.
On-site Viewing
Set up screenings for your class or watch material on your own in the Library.

Contact Us

(202) 885-3250
Lower Level, Bender Library
schedule a Zoom consultation -


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