FIRST FLOOR - The Audiovisual/Circulation Department houses materials in a variety of formats, including unabridged audiobooks on cassette, CD, and MP3 CD. Feature films and educational videos are available on DVD and VHS. Many instructional videos have public performance rights and can be shown in the classroom and to large groups without risk of copyright violations. The AV/Circ. Department also offers a rich assortment of music on CD, with an emphasis on classical music.
Audio – Spoken Word
All audio materials are available for two-week checkouts and are renewable. Audio materials can be renewed or reserved at any location. Most of the Central Library’s audiobook collection comes from three vendors: Recorded Books, Books On Tape, and McNaughton Audio (a rotating rental collection). Audiobooks are primarily fiction, but the collection also includes popular titles in history, classics, biography, and other bestselling non-fiction. Audiobooks on MP3 CD are the newest addition to the Central Library’s vast audiobook collection. One MP3 CD holds as much material as 16 regular CD’s. Spend less time rotating discs and more time listening with MP3 CD’s. MP3 CD’s play on computer CD-ROM drives, some DVD players, and some car audio systems.
Audio - Music
A variety of music is available on CD in the following genres: Classical, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Opera, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock, R&B, World Music, Religious/Gospel, Soundtracks/Musicals, Hispanic, Holidays, Sounds, Hip-Hop/Rap, and Blues. Music CD’s check out for two weeks and can be renewed.
Audio - Sound Effects
BBC Sound Effects Library offers thousands of royalty free sound effects on 60 CD’s.
Complete Arkangel Shakespeare
This 2004 Audie Award Winner for Drama includes all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays featuring a cast of nearly 400, all past or present members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. CDs are based on the authoritative Complete Pelican Shakespeare, under the supervision of scholars, making this the definitive audio Shakespeare.
The Central Library’s Great Courses series offers fascinating lectures by outstanding university professors on a wide range of topics, including art, music, religion, history, philosophy, and science. The Great Courses Series are primarily on CD, although some items are on DVD. Each course comes with a guidebook.
L.A. Theatre Works
L. A. Theatre Works features some of the world’s greatest actors performing classic and contemporary plays. Recorded in state-of the-art sound quality, these CDs cover the best Hollywood and Broadway plays, including Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winners.
Videos / DVDs
Fiction DVDs can be checked out for seven (7) days, while Nonfiction DVDs can be checked out for fourteen (14) days. Sorry, no renewals. All DVDs older than six months can be placed on hold. A $2.00 fine will be assessed per video/DVD, per day (for a maximum of 10 days) if returned late. Videos include a large nonfiction collection shelved by Dewey call numbers. The Browse videos are available in the following subject areas—Drama, Comedy, Classics, Family, Mystery/Suspense, Action/Adventure, Inspirational, Science Fiction, Westerns, Foreign, Horror, and Musicals. Children’s videos and DVDs are located in the Children’s Department.
Videos / DVDs in Spanish
A collection of videos and DVDs in Spanish are available at the Central Library. Also available are two English as a Second Language (ESL) video based English courses, Inglés Sin Barreras, and Hello America.
The AV Department recommends the following links. We hope that you will find them both informative and entertaining.