Movies & DVDs
The Library Collection
The Library collects DVDs for children, teens and adults. Popular films and televisions shows are organized alphabetically by title and are shelved in their own special area. For Adult DVDs, this section is on the north side of the Main Floor next to the Check Out Desk. DVDs for children and teens are located on the lower level. Non-fiction works on DVD are assigned Dewey Decimal numbers and shelved along with books on the same topic. The one exception is for the new non-fiction DVDs, which are shelved with the new popular films and television DVDs.
The Library purchases many new DVDs every month, often in multiple copies for hot new releases. Even so, it is hard to keep up with demand. The easiest way to ensure your receipt of a new release is to place it on hold. If you need assistance placing holds, please speak with a staff member.
In an effort to alert you to new DVDs, the Library produces a monthly email newsletter informing you about new DVDs. You can sign up for this online.
The new DVDs are on display and contain a hot pink label indicating their one (1) week check out limit. Signs listing the titles of new and forthcoming releases are on display in the area. Brochures with this same information are also available. Please ask for one at the Reference Desk.
Check Out Period and Fines
- New DVDs and BluRays check out for one (1) week and may not be renewed.
- All other DVDs and BluRays check out for three (3) weeks and can be renewed one time.
- New DVDs and BluRays are limited to three (3) items per checkout.
- Maximum of 10 total DVD and BluRay checkouts per library card.
- Fines for all overdue DVDs and BluRays are $1.00 per day.
This unique resource features reviews for a variety of DVDs written by Library staff members. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. If you are passionate about movies, check out this fun and informative blog!
- Chicago Reader: Movies
Local coverage on the widest variety of films ranging from hot new releases to art house and independent releases
View exclusive film clips, trailers, celebrity interviews, fan reviews and news, plus you can find screen times and buy tickets in advance
An online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips at Hulu.com and other online destination sites — anytime in the U.S.
- Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
This huge collection of movie information is an attempt to cover every pertinent detail about a movie, from who was in it, to who made it, to trivia about it, to filming locations, and more
- Metromix Chicago: Movies and Television
Film and television information and news with a Chicagoland focus
Search for movies in theaters, coming soon or on dvd, plus you can view movie theater showtimes, trailers, reviews and news
Read movie news, find out what's coming soon in theaters or on DVD, watch HD trailers, get movie times and much more
- Online Video Guide
A comprehensive and up-to-date guide to online video, including TV shows, movies, user-generated content and video games
- Roger Ebert
Built on a database of more than 5,500 Ebert reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times, this site offers lots of informative extras for those who live film
- You Tube
YouTube is the world's most popular online video community which, in addition to allowing people to watch and share originally-created videos, offers special channels for movies and television shows