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Mission & Purpose  

Welcome to the new Media Center. We have expanded the scope of this facility to accommodate our students, faculty and other patrons who need to use computer-based applications in their respective learning, teaching and research activities. We are accommodating the ever increasing need for access to the proliferating body of dynamic information that is now available almost exclusively through, web-based applications, CD-ROM, DVD and other digital media.

The new Media Center is currently the only student computing facility in the Undergraduate Library. The Center will continue to offer its traditional audio/visual services and hold the library’s collection of non-print materials including 16mm films, videotapes, audiotapes, phonograph records, slides, and filmstrips.


The Center has stations equipped with networked computers, DVD and CD players, video and audio cassette players, record players, slide projectors, and filmstrip projectors. Two classrooms are available to faculty/staff who wish to use the Media Center ’s materials as interactive aids during their teaching and presentations. Four small listening rooms are available for individuals to playback recorded materials.

Access Policies

The Center is open to all members of the University community. Equipment and facilities are available on a first come, first served basis, except for classrooms which must be reserved by a university faculty/ staff member in advance. An authorized instructor must be present during all faculty/staff scheduled classes in the Media Center. Call (202) 806-5435 for details and to reserve a Media Center classroom.

A valid Howard University ID card must be presented to use the collection and equipment. Materials on reserve for courses must be used on site.

Selected audio-visual materials and equipment may be checked out only by faculty and staff who visit the center, present a valid university ID card, and agree to accept full responsibility for all items borrowed. If the borrowed equipment/materials are damaged or malfunction while in use, the borrower must contact the Center immediately.

Special Services

Faculty-produced audiocassette and videocassette tapes may be dubbed subject to restrictions by the owner/producer of the original tape. The requestor must provide the necessary blank tapes and is charged a dubbing fee. All dubbing must comply with the 1976 U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, US Code). See > Copyright.

Media Center Location

The Media Center is located on Sub-Level 1 of the Undergraduate Library, adjacent to The Founders Library, Main Campus. See > Map.

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