Borrowing From the Media Center


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The Bernstein Media Center is located on level 3 of Tisch Library. The center provides a circulating media collection, portable equipment, and screening facilities that support video, film, slide and data projection. The Media Center has a lab equipped with twenty-four media carrels available for walk-in use. All users must present a current Tufts ID card in order to borrow Media Center materials. The Media Center is open most hours the library is open.

The phone number for the Media Center desk is 617-627-3078.

Who can borrow

Current teaching faculty, employed staff, AS&E Alumni, sponsored visitors and students actively enrolled in a Tufts University degree program can borrow circulating media collection materials for use outside the Media Center. All other borrowers can use media materials in the Media Center lab. Undergraduate and graduate students actively enrolled in a Tufts University degree program can borrow circulating portable equipment, digital camcorders and digital audio recorders, for 3 days to use outside the Media Center.   

Loan Periods

Loan periods for Media Center materials vary depending on the type of material and status of the user. Current faculty, staff, enrolled students and sponsored visitors can borrow visual media for 5 days unless the item is on reserve. All other borrowers can use visual media for 4 hours in the Media Lab. There are no renewals for Media Center materials.

Available Equipment

Equipment you can borrow:

Media Fines

Visual media collection materials and circulating portable equipment that are returned to the Media Center after the due date incur overdue fines. Charges are posted to the user’s library account when the materials are returned. Library users can pay media charges at the Tisch circulation desk. Cash, checks and Jumbocash are accepted as payment. Below is a list of media overdue fines:

Media Material/Equipment Daily Fine Replacement Fee
VHS $0.25 $103.00
DVD $0.25 $103.00
Digital Camcorders (video) $1.00 $250.00
Digital Recorders (audio) $1.00 $200.00
External Drive $1.00 $180.00
Headset $1.00 $103.00
Tripod $1.00 $80.00

Replacement Fees

All Media Center users are responsible for replacement fees for lost, damaged or unreturned media materials and circulating portable equipment.  Replacement fees are posted to the user’s library account. Media Center users can resolve these charges at the Tisch circulation desk. Cash, checks, Jumbocash and Interdepartmental Requisitions (IDR) are accepted as payment.

Media Course Reserves

Arts, Sciences & Engineering (AS&E) faculty can place items from the media collection on reserve in order to make required materials available to a large number of students. Information on current media reserve materials is provided online. All users must present a current, valid Tufts ID to borrow Media Center reserves. The Tisch Media Center provides a streaming video service for media course reserves.  In accordance with copyright policy, only library owned video collection materials may be digitized for course reserves as required viewing for a course.  Titles not owned by the library can be requested for purchase to support media course reserves.  Personal copies owned by faculty teaching the course will not be digitized.  Digitized course materials can be linked to a faculty Blackboard account for viewing by the students enrolled in the class.   Access to the digitized materials will be disabled at the conclusion of the course.  All requests for media course reserves and streaming video are processed in order by date received.  Instructors can submit reserve requests for media materials using an online request form, by e-mail to Tischmedia@Tufts.edu, or in person at the Media Center desk. Online forms and e-mail submissions are sent directly to media staff for processing.

Copyright

The University’s Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials advises the Tufts Community to be mindful of copyright restrictions imposed by the copyright laws as well as the rights conferred by the fair use exemption to the copyright laws. We are expected to comply with these laws. A Fair Use website supplies guidance in compliance by providing the policy on fair use, pertinent FAQ’s, statutes and guidelines, links to other fair use websites and tutorials.

Reserve Loan Period

All reserve media materials are used in the Media Lab only. All media reserve materials are checked out to users for 4 hours.

Reserve Overdue Fines

Media reserve materials that are returned after the time due incur overdue fines at the rate of $1.00 per hour. Overdue fines for reserve materials are higher than fines charged for late return of other Media Center materials because of the high demand for reserve items. Charges are posted to the user's library account when the material is returned. Library users can pay reserve fines at the Tisch circulation desk. Cash, checks and Jumbocash are accepted as payment.

Reserve Replacement Fees

All users are responsible for replacement fees for lost, damaged or unreturned Media Center reserve materials. Replacement fees are posted to the user’s library account. Library users can resolve these charges at the Tisch circulation desk. Cash, checks, Jumbocash and Interdepartmental Requisitions (IDR) are accepted as payment.



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