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Collections: Movies, Music, Video Games...

The Media Center collects and provides access to the UW's main collection of audiovisual materials. Consisting of over 100,000 items on a variety of analog and digital formats, the Media Center's collections cover a broad and interdisciplinary range of subjects and genres. While most materials may be borrowed for a week, some may only be viewed or listened to in the Media Center.


The Media Center is home to a large collection of DVDs and VHS tapes. From classic cinema and early experimental film, to contemporary features and groundbreaking documentaries, the Media Center has it. Search our collection online, or stop by and let us find it for you. If you are interested in finding out more about our collection, check out our Audio & Video Research Guide. If you would like to find out more about our streaming video resources, check out our Streaming Video Guide.

Video Games

In 2014 the Media Center began collecting video games to support the teaching and research needs of UW's faculty and students. UW students, staff, and faculty can play and critique many of the games on Xbox, PS4, Wii U and other consoles in mediArcade.

Music and Spoken Word Audio

The Media Center is also home to thousands audio recordings: CDs, LPs, cassettes, and MP3s. These recordings cover a broad array of music genres (hip hop, classical, folk, rock, punk, beyond...) and spoken word topics (poetry, history, biography, more...). We have a wide range of music, including a growing collection of local music called Puget Sounds. Search and browse our collection online or stop by and let us find it for you.


In addition to published audio and video material, the Media Center is home to several unique collections. For information about these unique research materials, click on the links below:

Audio/Visual Guide

See our Audio & Video Research Guide to help you discover CDs, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, copyright information, film criticism resources, and more at the UW and beyond.