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The Avery Fisher Center (AFC’s collections of videos, music recordings, and reserve scores are available for loans to students, faculty, and staff.

Physical Materials

All AFC physical materials are listed in the online catalog, BobCat. Use the “Resource Type” filter in BobCat to narrow your search results to Audio, Videos, or Scores. The online catalog is also the portal for our digital streaming collections of recorded music and video. These are available 24/7 to all users with an nyu.edu login.

Physical materials located onsite in the AFC are available for check-out on a first come-first serve basis during our public hours, up to 15 minute before closing.

Physical materials located offsite must be requested for delivery.

To borrow an onsite item, find the call number in BobCat of the item you wish to check out, then bring that number to the AFC service desk on Floor 7 of Bobst Library.. If you cannot find what you are looking for in the catalog, ask our staff for assistance, either in person at the service desk or by email at afc-admin-group@nyu.edu.

Large portions of the AFC’s collections are currently housed offsite. Borrowers with active nyu.edu accounts should request these online via the online catalog.

Offsite DVDs and CDs are eligible for locker delivery, but VHS tapes and vinyl discs must be retrieved at the AFC service desk. Undergraduate, master’s, and staff patrons must use VHS tapes and vinyl discs on the AFC’s in-house equipment. Faculty and teaching assistants may, upon request, take those formats out of the library for classroom use.

For videos, music recordings, or scores we do not own at all, you can suggest a purchase.

Video and Audio for Course Reserves

For course reserves, access to our DVDs, CDs, and other physical media will be completely restored for the Fall 2021 semester. For distance learning, our guides to audio and video databases provide links to a host of online resources, including streaming film and music collections from Kanopy, Swank Digital Campus, Alexander Street, and many others.

With the expiration of pandemic-related emergency access protocols for library materials, our ability to provide online streaming will be constrained by copyright law and the University’s copyright policy, but we will continue to do our best to procure whatever is requested by faculty to support teaching and learning. Faculty who wish to place videos, audio recordings, or music scores on reserve for Fall 2021 courses should use the online request procedure.

Faculty Bookings for Video and Audio

Faculty, PhD candidates, and administrators can schedule pickups of AFC materials (both offsite and onsite) to ensure that an item is available for classroom use at a certain date and time. Please submit your request with the video loan form at least 24 hours prior to pickup. You will receive an email when your requested item has been confirmed.

Returning AFC Materials

Please return checked-out materials directly to the AFC service desk during the Center’s operating hours. If the AFC is closed, you can use either the return slot to the left of the AFC service desk, or the designated “DVD/CD” dropbox on Floor 1 between the revolving doors. Please do not use any other book drops elsewhere at Bobst Library or at Consortium libraries.

Requesting AFC Materials from Global Campuses

NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai faculty members may request AFC materials for physical shipment to those campuses, by using our video loan form. (Note: New York borrowers cannot currently obtain items from Abu Dhabi or Shanghai).

NYU Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi faculty should place requests at least 5 days in advance, to allow for processing and shipment of materials to Abu Dhabi, with an added 1 to 3 business days for off-site items.

NYU Shanghai

Shanghai faculty should place requests at least 3 weeks in advance, to allow for processing and shipment of materials to Shanghai, with an added 1 to 3 business days for off-site items.

Loan Periods

Item Type NYU Faculty & PhDs NYU Students (Grad & Undergrad)
DVD Item limit per person: 5
Due: 10 days from checkout date
Renewal: No
Item limit per person: 2
Due: 10 days from checkout date
Renewal: No
Video Cassette Ineligible for loan. For use at the Avery Fisher Center only.

Will digitize for e-reserves upon request
Ineligible for loan. For use at the Avery Fisher Center only.
Laserdisk Ineligible for loan. For use at the Avery Fisher Center only. Ineligible for loan. For use at the Avery Fisher Center only
CD Item limit per person: 10
Due: 10 days from checkout date.
Renewal: Yes, for 3 additional 10-day periods unless requested by another borrower
Item limit per person: 10
Due: 10 days from checkout date.
Renewal: Yes, for 3 additional 10-day periods unless requested by another borrower.
LP (vinyl) Ineligible for loan. For use at the Avery Fisher Center only.

Will digitize for e-reserves upon request.
Ineligible for loan. For use at the Avery Fisher Center only.
Audio Cassette Ineligible for loan. For use at the Avery Fisher Center only.

Will digitize for e-reserves upon request.
Ineligible for loan. For use at the Avery Fisher Center only.
Closed Stack Scores Available for 2-hour reserve checkout. Available for 2-hour reserve checkout

Faculty, PhD candidates and administrators may renew CDs or LPs online, but not videos or scores.

Please note that some loans may be shortened due to another patron’s scheduled loan (see the section on scheduling loans above). Check your receipt to be sure of your due date and time.

Late Fines

$3.00 day/per item for each day late.

Billed as Lost: After 10 days overdue, accompanied by an AFC account block.

  • For lost items you will be charged the cost of replacement, plus a $30 processing fee.
  • Please speak with a full-time staff member for further details.

A courtesy email notice is sent 3 days before the due date, after which daily reminders are sent after an item is overdue.