The purpose of the Audio-Visual Collection of
the Friedsam Memorial Library at St. Bonaventure University is
to provide a wide range of materials to underwrite classroom
work, and to supply items of general interest (but of lasting
value) to students of the liberal arts curriculum. The main
areas of collecting are in film studies and music.
The format of the materials in the film collection is both
video cassette tape and DVD. An effort has been made to keep
current with the better independent and foreign films that
have received a general release in the United States. Many of
the video tapes are “out of print” and not represented in
DVD form yet. Access to all the film materials is through the
online catalog, the A-V webpage, notebooks of photocopied
covers, and a small portion on open display.
The main categories of the music collection are Rock/Pop,
Jazz/Blues, Classical, and World, with smaller collections of
Folk/Country and Soundtracks. Most materials in the music
collection are displayed openly, but there are a large amount
of classic jazz box sets also that can be retrieved through
the online catalog.
There is also a small (but growing) collection of Spoken
Word materials consisting mainly of literary works.
Finding AV Materials
You may search by author/title or subject in our online
catalog, and Audio-Visual materials will appear in the list
of results along with print items. If you wish to limit
to AV items only, use the "Power Search" option.
Under "Location," specify the type of material you
need, as follows:
- AV CD--music CDs
- AVDVD--films/movies on DVD
- AV VIDEO--films/movies on VHS