Book a Film for Class

This form is intended for use by McMaster University faculty and instructors only.

  • The ‘Lyons Video Collection’ is now housed behind Mills Services Desk and are no longer part of ‘Lyons New Media Centre’. Titles can be searched through McMaster's Library Catalogue.
  • Please note that if you plan to ask for a film owned by McMaster to be put on reserve we would recommend this be done BEFORE you schedule a viewing for your class. This will ensure the film is available for both purposes.
  • Please fill in all fields so we can process your request immediately.

Update: As the campus moves to becoming fully compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) the library is changing some of its processes.

AODA requires that all media which is created or used, since 2014, must be captioned.  Closed captioning of media helps not only those with hearing impairments, but users of all types, including mature students, ESL students, and students with some categories of learning disabilities. You may have noticed that more and more of the videos being presented on the Daily News and departmental websites are now fully captioned. This is all part of the AODA work being done on campus. More information about AODA can be found at

This means that all films shown in class or being provided to students to view must be closed captioned. 

 We have developed some new practices to accommodate this requirement over the last year, which we applied on an ad hoc basis. We are now ready to roll this plan out in a larger way, but will need your help to put this into practice.

 Please submit the list of the films you wish to use for your class as soon as possible, with projected viewing dates, using the online form found at

We will determine whether the library already owns a captioned copy of the film. If not, we will try to arrange to borrow or purchase a captioned copy. Failing this we will try to contact the distributor of the film to ask permission to send the film out for captioning.

Please note this last option can take some time, so we would appreciate as much notice as possible on your part.  Once we get a film captioned we will only make that copy available for viewing.

We have also created a new ticketing system to use when submitting requests for captioning or for getting information about captioning. This can be found at

This requirement for captioning all media does not mean that all media can automatically be streamed for use in courses. There are still some restrictions around this use, and in some cases may involve additional licensing costs. We would be happy to answer questions you may have around streaming media. For questions related to this feel free to send an email to

 We appreciate your assistance in helping us make our use of media more accessible for all of our users.

  • Bookings for McMaster films which are already captioned (you can find this information in the catalogue) should be placed at least 3 working days before the show date.
  • Booking for McMaster films which are NOT already captioned should be placed at least 3-4 weeks before the show date.
  • The Interfilm Policy requires that we place an order with other institutions at least 10 working days before the show date. Typical loan periods are for 2-3 days only. 
  • There is a $10 charge for any item not picked up.
  • To put a film on Reserve, submit a course reserve request form
Video/Film Requested #1
McMaster's Library Call Number (search McMaster's Library Catalogue here) or Media Catalogue Number (search Media Catalogue here)

To request more than 3 videos/films, you will need to complete another request.

This question is to prevent automated spam submissions:
Enter the characters shown in the image.