Media Center FAQs

Media Center Frequently Asked Questions
What are the hours of the Media Center?

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

Saturday and Sunday - Closed  Hours vary during semester breaks. 

Who can check out materials?

Consult our Borrower Privileges page.  You can search the online catalog for circulating materials that are available to anyone with a valid Owl Card / library card.

Where can I get a list of your materials?

The Media Center's materials can be accessed by searching the FAU Libraries online catalog. Click on the Advanced Search button, then limit your search to materials in the Media Center by selecting "BR Media Center" from the drop down menu under Location.  You may search by Keyword (s), Author's Name, Title, or Subject. Click on an item's title to get more information about that item.

How long may I keep materials?

One week.

Can I renew my items online?

We do not permit online renewals of media items.  Our rationale for not allowing online renewals of media is based mainly on the fact that: a) our faculty expect that the instructional media for their program areas will be available for them to check out for classroom use and b) educational media typically cost quite a bit more that feature films, making them that much more expensive to replace if lost or damaged. Requiring renewals to be done in person provides the greatest access for everyone.

How do I obtain a audiovisual materials from the Jupiter campus library?

You can request audiovisual materials from Jupiter by submitting a request to the Interlibrary Loan Department. You will receive an e-mail when the items are available for you to check out from the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Will you send materials to me if Im not on the Boca Raton campus?

Yes, the library uses a courier system to deliver materials to FAU campuses.

I'm a student and need to show something for a class presentation. Can I check it out?

You may check out circulating items yourself.

How do I request materials for the class I am teaching?*

You may call us at 561-297-3704, e-mail us at, or use our Reservation Request form.

Why do I need to give you advance notice?*

Reservations are made on a first come first served basis. Booking in advance ensures that the material will be waiting for you at the Media Center service desk the day before your scheduled pickup.

How far in advance can I reserve materials?*

Materials can be reserved up to one semester in advance. We request that, whenever possible, you make the reservation at least one business day before you pick up the material.

Can I send my student or TA to pick up the material for me?*

Yes, but you must send the student or TA with your library card and a memo authorizing him/her to check out materials with your library card. You may also email this request to They should also know the title(s) of the materials that have been reserved for you.

Where do I reserve audiovisual equipment for use in my clas?*

Audiovisual equipment at FAU is managed by Audiovisual Services.

I have checked out something and need to keep it longer. What do I do?*

Contact The Media Center at 561-297-3704 and we will make every effort to accommodate you. Do not keep materials past the return date without calling us.  Someone may have a prior reservation for the material and fines will accrue if the item is overdue.

Can I put material on reserve for my students to watch?*

Yes. You will need to fill out a Media Center Reserve form and obtain copyright clearance if necessary.  Please contact our office for additional information.

I saw something that would be good to show in my class, but you don't own it. Will you buy it?*

FAU faculty members can make suggestions for purchase by using the Library Materials Request Form for the Boca Raton Campus. If there is not enough lead-time to purchase what you need, ask us about other alternatives.

I have a question that was not answered on this page.  Who do I contact?

You may email the Media Center at or call us at 561-297-3704.

*Faculty/Staff only.

Last modified at 08/10/2018 - 08:30 AM