The temperatures may be hovering in the single digits and the snow may be piling up, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be summer inside. All it takes is a trip to Media Services on the first floor of the Main Library. Film subjects range from documentaries to feature-length and foreign language films.
Maybe you’d like to see Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman steam up the screen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It’s a drama of the problems of a wealthy but decadent family in the South. Members of the family gather to face the impending death of their patriarch, Big Daddy, and battle over the inheritance of his vast estate.
A horror movie is always a good way to get the adrenaline pumping, so why not I Know What You Did Last Summer? Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze, Jr. star as four teens who after an accident on a winding road, make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. But exactly one year later, the dead man returns from his watery grave, and he’s looking for more than an apology.
There are thousands of feature, documentary, foreign language and art house films in the Media Services collection. We’ve built this remarkable collection to support the teaching and research of students and faculty at the University of Iowa. Faculty in all disciplines across campus use films for their courses.
The secondary benefit to having such a great collection of films is that occasionally you can watch them just for fun while the snow is falling and the temperatures are plummeting. Just a quick check of InfoHawk and a trip to Media Services is all it takes to forget the blizzard outside.
Undergraduate students can check out DVDs for three days; faculty and graduate students can check out materials for seven days. And only four items can be checked out at a time.
Media Services is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. You can also check the Library Hours.