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Audiovisual Material

Information on audiovisual (av) material and facilities in the library.

About the collection

Audiovisual Services in the Central Library has videos on cassette tape, laser disc, and Digital Video Disc covering a huge range of subjects including:

  • Movies
  • Documentaries
  • TV programmes
  • Advertisements
  • Music videos

Search the library catalogue to find items.

AV material can be booked by library staff at any of the Lending or Reserve desks. Bookings can also be made via phone (8910) or email

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View Online

Academic Video Online: VAST (Alexander Street Press)

Academic Video Online cross-searches a package of video collections in 21 disciplines. The VAST content is growing steadily and will include access to 20,000 videos.


Provides real-time resources through recorded TV programmes, live streams and on demand videos. First-time users need to register.

To register for the first time:

  1. Select University of Otago,
  2. Use your University staff or student email address ( only.
  3. A username and password will be sent to your email.

Thereafter, the login requires that username and password.

Note: It is recommended that eTV is accessed using Firefox.

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Facilities for staff and students in the Central Library

  • 44 individual viewing booths.
  • 5 small group viewing rooms.
  • 1 screening room able to seat 30 people (Room 201).

Bookings for the use of these rooms are be made from the catalogue.

Screening room (Room 201)

Room 201 is available for University academic staff to use in the course of their teaching.  It contains the following:

  • video projector
  • two metre screen
  • playback equipment for video cassette tapes, digital video discs, laser discs, compact discs and audio cassette tapes.
  • network connection

The equipment can accommodate VHS formats PAL and NTSC as well as standard and long play.

Overhead and slide projectors are also available. The video projector also serves as a data show for Powerpoint presentations.

To schedule a time to use this room please contact the staff at Central Library, 1st Floor Service Desk.

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Using AV Equipment

Equipment is provided for the consultation of Library held AV materials. However, upon approval students may consult material not held by the Library when it is related to a University course.

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Other AV services on campus

Editing and copying services WestCAL, Union Street. Or Audio Visual Support and Development Unit | Owheo Building 133 Union St East
Equipment hire Teaching & Learning Facilities | 51 Clyde Street, Or Audio Visual Support and Development Unit | Owheo Building 133 Union St East
Recreational viewing facilities Clubs and Societies Building, Albany Street.

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Hocken Collections

Hocken Collections has New Zealand music and video/DVD titles from a wide range of eras and genres. Including:

  • local film
  • documentaries
  • television programmes
  • music videos

Hocken also has recorded music content that spans the history of:

  • local popular
  • contemporary
  • classical
  • electronic
  • vocal material

The musical formats range from 78rpm discs to CDs.


There is a playback area in Hocken Collections research room to listen and watch all formats of available material, including 78rpm discs, cassettes, and VHS video.

Information on Hocken’s music collections

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Contact us

General enquiries ext.8910


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