Find DVDs & Videos


About our collections

  • The Health Sciences Library has curriculum-related videos on health topics.
  • Mills Memorial Library has DVDs, videos and laser discs
  • Online: the library has a growing collection of online videos on a wide variety of topics.



Searching the Library Catalogue

By title or series

  • Search for title keyword(s) or phrases in Title, for example:
    • double happiness
    • maltese falcon
    • manufacturing consent

in words Anywhere, for example:

  • japanese classic collection
  • manual therapy video-series

for example:

  • "hotel rwanda"
  • "inpatient assessment"

By director, producer, actor or production company

  • Search for names of actors, directors or producers in Author, for example:
    • atom egoyan
    • norman mclaren
    • irshad manji

You can also search for production companies in Author, for example:

  • national film board of canada
  • videographe
  • columbia tristar

By genre, technique or form

genre, technique or form, in Subject or keyword Anywhere, for example:

  • adventure films
  • animated films
  • children's films
  • comedy films
  • experimental films
  • feature films
  • horror films
  • musicals
  • silent films



By topic

  • search for topic keyword(s) or phrases along with the keyword videorecording in words Anywhere, for example:
    • physical examination videorecording
    • feature films videorecording
    • history canada videorecording
  • alternatively, search for your topic first, then limit your results to videos or DVDs

For videos & DVDs with closed captioning or subtitles



  • use closed captioned in words Anywhere as part of your search, for example:
    • feature films closed captioned
    • national film board of canada closed captioned
    • history canada closed captioned

use subtitles in words Anywhere as part of your search, for example:

feature films 


    national film board of canada 


      history canada 


      For videos & DVDs with audio descriptions


      • on the second line (search for any of the words) type: "described video" "for people with visual disabilities" "video descriptions"
      • include the double quotations, and search in words Anywhere 
      • for example:







      Limiting search results:

      To Videos & DVDs

      • on the left side of the screen, click Format ... Videos & DVDs to limit your results to DVDs, videos and online videos

      • if there are no videos or DVD matching your search words, the Videos & DVDs option will not display


      DVD Limit Results

      Browsing the Library Catalogue

      To see a list of all the videos and DVDs at a particular location...

      • Under Format, select Videos & DVDs

      • You now have a list of all the Videos and DVDs at this location

      Limit by format

      Your options now include:

      • limit further to just videos or just DVDs


      Limit within Videos & DVDs

      • search within your results using one or more keywords to get videos or DVDs on a particular topic, by a particular director, actor, etc., or with closed captioning

      Search within results



      • use the other options on the left to narrow by Subject, Geographic Region, Subject Era, etc.


       Limit further


      Catalogue Details, Location and Availability

      • Click on a title from the results list to see more details

      • Note:

        • the Location e.g. Mills Reserve (1st floor), HEALTH Multimedia - Videocassette, etc.
        • the Call number e.g. PR 2807 .A23 1980, TV 2538 *W85, etc.
        • and the Status e.g. Checked in, Checked out, etc.


      Health Sciences Library

      • All physical DVDs and videos are located in the Reserve/Multimedia Room; online videos are linked from the library catalogue

      • Videos are grouped by broad subject, and within subjects are shelved numerically. For example, nursing videos are under WY, e.g. TV 2967 *WY 150

      Mills Memorial Library

      • All DVDs and videos are held at the Library Services Desk (1st floor)


      Health Sciences Library

      • The Reserve/Multimedia Room has TV/VCR/DVD players

      • Headphones are available at the stations

      • Equipment is primarily for McMaster students, faculty, staff and researchers, but members of the Hamilton community and visitors are welcome

      • Two rooms can be booked for viewing DVDs and videos

      Mills Memorial Library

      • DVDs can be viewed on most computers in the library.

      • The Lyons New Media Centre has 1 TV with VHS/DVD player in room L416; the room must be booked using the room booking form on the Lyons home page

      • Three viewing stations, with VHS and DVD players, are also located on the 4th floor lobby, outside the Lyons New Media Centre

      • Equipment is primarily for McMaster students, faculty, staff and researchers, but members of the Hamilton community and visitors are welcome

      • Course-related use takes priority during high-use times.


      Health Sciences Library

      • If DVDs and videos are not on Reserve, they may be borrowed for 7 days. Loan periods for items on Reserve vary.

      • Items can be signed out by anyone with a Library card

      Mills Memorial Library

      • If DVDs and videos are not on reserve for a class, they may be borrowed. Loan periods are:

        • Students – 4 hours
        • Staff – 24 hours
        • Faculty – 24 hours
      • Materials may go out overnight. There are no renewals.

      • Items can be signed out by anyone with a Library card or External Borrower Card

      Searching Elsewhere

      Try the following resources if you cannot find the DVD or video you need in the library catalogue:

      Waterloo Media Catalogue

      Hamilton Public Library

      • search the online catalogue by Format to find DVDs and videos

      • anyone who lives in Hamilton, goes to school in Hamilton, or works in the city is eligible for a free library card and full borrowing privileges

      Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) Learning Resource Centre