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Media Resources Center

The Media Resources Center (MRC), located in Doe Library, is the UC Berkeley Library’s primary collection of materials in audio and visual formats, including DVDs, videocassettes, streamed audio and video, compact audio discs, and audiocassettes. The MRC’s permanent collection comprises materials in a wide range of subject fields, with an emphasis on titles with broad interdisciplinary interest, and resources used in instruction. The collection includes documentaries and feature films; dramatic performances; literary adaptations; speeches; lectures and events; and primary source recordings, such as commercials and newsreels. The MRC has one of the largest collections of works by independent filmmakers in the United States. Please see our access and use guidelines before visiting.

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Hours

Circulation services end 15 minutes prior to closing

Jun 26 - Jul 2
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Services

Use online tools or connect with a librarian to achieve your research goals. 

Make use of the printing and scanning options available at all library locations.

ereserves@lists.berkeley.edu

Access articles, books, and other course materials placed on reserve by instructors.

510-642-9255 (642-WALK)

Arrange free night-safety services, including a walking escort to get you home safely.

Contact

Gisele Tanasse
Gisele Tanasse
Film and Media Services Librarian
510-984-4856
gtanasse@library.berkeley.edu
Jenifer Carter
Jenifer Carter
Operations Lead
510-642-8197
jacarter@library.berkeley.edu
Mark Marrow
Mark Marrow
Head, Access Services
510-250-7870
mmarrow@library.berkeley.edu

Location

Media Resources Center
190 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-642-8197

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Explore the Media Resources Center

Visit

The Media Resources Center is open to all researchers and visitors, with no identification, registration, pass, or prior arrangements required. Certain services, collections, equipment, or rooms may be available only to certain groups of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk for further details. 

UC Berkeley students

Materials in the Media Resources Center collection may be used on-site in MRC by current UC Berkeley students. Materials may not be checked out for home use by students or non-teaching staff. Students wishing to use MRC materials for classroom presentations should arrange with the course instructor to reserve these items in advance.

MRC materials are not available for extracurricular screenings by student or community groups.

DeCal classes: Information for DeCal facilitators.

UC Berkeley faculty and graduate student instructors

Current UC Berkeley faculty and graduate student instructors may make a reservation to borrow materials for same-day classroom use on the Berkeley campus, or for overnight previewing.

Reservations may be made via

Overnight circulation of certain materials may be restricted, depending on the current demand for the material or the rarity and physical condition of the item. Requests for limited exceptions to these policies should be directed to our circulation supervisors at avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu.

Materials in the Media Resources Center may not be used off campus. Use of MRC collections in extracurricular academic programs and events must be arranged in advance with our circulation supervisors (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu). Most MRC materials cannot legally be used for screenings other than those held in connection with face-to-face classroom teaching, in credit-bearing courses.

Non-Berkeley individuals

Individuals not affiliated with UC Berkeley may be granted one-day use of the Media Resources Center for valid research purposes by contacting our circulation supervisors (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu). Permission to use the MRC depends on the nature and availability of the desired materials, and the availability of viewing stations. Permission to use the MRC is not generally granted for viewing popular or widely accessible titles, including those available online, or at local video stores.

Berkeley Extension, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley City College

Faculty teaching Berkeley Extension classes that are also credit-bearing on the UC Berkeley campus (cross-listed in the UC Berkeley course catalog), have the same privileges as regular UC Berkeley teaching staff. MRC materials are never made available for use in non-credit-bearing Berkeley Extension classes.

MRC collections and facilities are not available for use in courses offered by the Graduate Theological Union or Berkeley City College.

Interlibrary Loan

Media Resources Center materials are selectively made available for borrowing by other UC campuses, based on rarity of the requested item and its current use on the Berkeley campus. Materials in the MRC collection are not available for borrowing by institutions outside of the University of California System. Requests to borrow MRC materials should be made through the interlibrary loan/borrowing departments of the requestor's campus library.

Requesting Media Resources Center materials from storage (NRLF)

A large number of materials in older formats, such as VHS, and lesser-used titles in the Media Resources Center collection, are stored off campus at the Northern Library Regional Facility (NRLF).

MRC materials stored at NRLF

  • Are included in UC Library Search.
  • May not be requested via UC Library Search.
  • May be viewed in the MRC or in UC Berkeley classrooms.
  • Must be requested in-person at the MRC Circulation Desk.
  • Are generally available in MRC in three to five working days.

Commercial use of Media Resources Center materials

The majority of materials in the Media Resources Center collection are acquired from commercial sources. Most of these materials are under current copyright. Because the library does not own rights to these materials we cannot legally copy or redistribute them, even if they are no longer available for purchase commercially. MRC staff can often provide information regarding sources for purchase of materials in the collection. For distribution information, email avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu.

Use of MRC’s group viewing rooms

The Media Resources Center has two media-equipped group rooms that will accommodate from 15 to 20 viewers.

  • The rooms may be reserved for one-time use by UCB faculty or graduate student assistants wishing to screen MRC materials to their classes.
  • The rooms may be reserved by a group of three or more students for course-assigned viewing.
  • The rooms are not booked for protracted periods of time or for regularly/frequently occurring events.
  • Reservations for use of group rooms may be made in person at the Media Resources Center, or by contacting our circulation supervisors (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu), or by calling 510-642-8197.

Borrow

The UC Berkeley Library’s collections are rich and bountiful — and they’re waiting to be explored by members of the UC Berkeley community and knowledge-seekers everywhere. Use UC Library Search, the University of California’s all-in-one-platform for discovery, to find books, journals, articles, and more, and check them out at one of UC Berkeley’s libraries, or any UC library. Learn more about borrowing Library materials.

 

Resources for DeCals

DeCal facilitators must have authorization from their faculty sponsor on file for the current semester at the Media Resources Center before reserving or checking out materials to show in their DeCal.

Faculty sponsors are asked to confirm via email to the MRC Operations Supervisor (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu) that the head facilitator (and any co-facilitators) are authorized to use media for the DeCal.

The DeCal facilitator must provide the following information via email to the MRC Operations Supervisor (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu):

  • Course name (Department and #)
  • The names of any co-instructors
  • The time your class meets
  • Your phone number
  • The number of students in your class

Once DeCal facilitators receive confirmation from the MRC Operations Supervisor that the above information has been received, they may arrange to borrow materials for same-day classroom use on the Berkeley campus by email (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu), phone 510-642-8197, or in person.

Please reserve materials at least three days in advance to ensure that they are available for your class meeting.

Please be advised that media is only to be taken out for same-day classroom showings on the Berkeley campus. Privileges to borrow materials for DeCal classroom showings will be revoked if media is not returned directly to the Media Resources Center during open hours on the date due.

Requests for limited exceptions to these policies should be directed to the MRC Operations Supervisor (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu or 510-642-8197)

Materials in the Media Resources Center may not be used off campus. Use of MRC collections in extracurricular academic programs and events must be arranged in advance with the MRC Operations Supervisor (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu). Most MRC materials cannot legally be used for screenings other than those held in connection with face-to-face classroom teaching.

Use of MRC’s group viewing rooms for DeCals

The Media Resources Center has two media-equipped group rooms that will accommodate from 15 to 20 viewers.

  • The rooms may be reserved for one-time use by DeCal facilitators wishing to screen MRC materials for their classes.
  • The rooms are not booked for protracted periods of time or for regularly/frequently occurring events.
  • Reservations for use of group rooms may be made in person at the Media Resources Center, or by contacting our circulation supervisors (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu), or by calling 510-642-8197.

Group viewing rooms

The Media Resources Center has two media-equipped group rooms that will accommodate from 15 to 20 viewers.

  • The rooms may be reserved for one-time use by UC Berkeley faculty or graduate student assistants wishing to screen MRC materials to their classes.
  • The rooms may be reserved by a group of three or more students for course-assigned viewing.
  • The rooms are not booked for protracted periods of time or for regularly/frequently occurring events.
  • Reservations for use of group rooms may be made in person at the Media Resources Center, or by contacting our circulation supervisors (avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu), or by calling 510-642-8197.