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Audiovisual collection

Meet BoB

We subscribe to Box of Broadcasts, an on demand TV and radio service for education.

Staff and students can record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels (including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Film4, Channel 5, CNN and Sky News) and have access to an extensive archive.

Full programmes, films or clips can be played in lectures and seminars, embedded in the VLE, or viewed across desktop, iOS and Android devices.

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Audio visual materials

We have a growing collection of over 3,500 audio visual materials in the ground floor of the Harry Fairhurst building.

The collection includes DVDs, videos, CDs and audio tapes.

A wide variety of subjects is covered by the collection including Shakespeare productions, seminal films and documentaries, to support courses in the Departments of English and Related Literature and TFTI.

Other topics include language teaching and music.

You can find what we have using YorSearch.


You can borrow items from the collection. Our borrowing web pages tell you how many items you can borrow and how long you can keep them for.

You can borrow DVDs and CDs at the self issue machine in the audio visual area. They should be returned at the return point in the JB Morrell Library.

Other audio visual materials should be borrowed and returned at the Help Desk.

DVD and other audio visual players

There is a variety of equipment in the DVD viewing room (LFA 027) within the John Barry Audiovisual collection, including various DVD and video players, a DAB radio, a record player, a cassette player, a CD player and headphones. This room can be booked in advance.


ECM collection

This collection of commercial recordings presently includes over 800 compact discs, representing the full ECM catalogue.

Pearl and Bel Canto collections

The finest producers of re-mastered archival sound material and are important for anyone studying the history of recording or the history of performance practice.

The Bel Canto collection is slightly more focused on vocal recordings.

Persons using the Pearl and Bel Canto recordings may also be interested in the holdings of the University of York Sound Archives (UYSA).

Teaching arrangements for DVDs

If you are an academic requiring DVDs for teaching or are a designated screening assistant (usually postgraduate students), you may borrow reference DVDs labelled For Use in the Library Only for up to a week.

Academic Staff should contact their Academic Liaison Librarian to register to use this service and/or to give the Library details of their designated screening assistants.

For more information about borrowing DVDs for teaching take a look our guide: