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VHS/DVD Combo Players

In preparation for the 2018 Autumn quarter, VHS/DVD combo players will be removed from most classrooms, as manufacturers no longer make VHS players.  A few classrooms on both campuses will remain equipped with VHS/DVD combo players.  It is highly recommended that faculty move to digital media where possible (DVD, YouTube, etc.). In rooms without the combo players, all DVD/digital media will now be played through the podium computer using one of the supported media players (VLC, Windows Media Player, or iTunes) or through a personally owned laptop, which can be connected to the classroom projector. 

​Request VHS in the Classroom

Faculty who regularly play VHS media in the classroom will need to request a room equipped with a VHS/DVD combo player from their department class scheduler. Class schedulers will then make arrangements with Academic Space & Scheduling. If VHS media needs to be played infrequently, faculty can request a standalone DVD/VHS VCR combo player from the Classroom Technology group using the online equipment request form. ​ 

Library Media Resources

​The University Library offers many services to assist you with your classroom media needs, and may be able to help you locate digital versions of content that you are accustomed to using in VHS format​.

Course Reserves

​For titles previously placed on reserve, please reach out to your library reserves contact If there is library content you are accustomed to using in VHS format, but have not placed on reserve, please reach out to your subject liaison librarian and request that the Library investigate purchasing this content in DVD or digital format. To request a DVD which the Library already owns for reserves for a class, please submit a request via the Ares Courses form.​

Library DVD & Streaming Collections

DePaul has a rich collection of DVD content​, with over 6,000 titles available, in addition to collections of streaming video, music and audio.  If you are a faculty member and you would like to suggest a purchase for the overall collection, please contact your liaison librarian

Personal VHS Tapes

If you have personal VHS tapes that would like to digitize for your personal archives, the Library will be installing self-service VHS conversion stations over the summer that you can use for this purpose. More information to come. ​ 

Viewing VHS Tapes in the Library

The Library plans to maintain the existing VHS/DVD players in both the John T. Richardson library and the Loop library for use by library patrons. ​