Stark Media Services: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I request streaming media for online instruction?

Please complete the Media Purchase Form and indicate that streaming media is requested.  We’ll review the request, then contact you and the subject specialist for your department with available options. We can’t guarantee the availability of all requested media in an appropriate format, but we'll make every effort to fulfill requests. 

For questions about media duplication/digitization of physical media, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Who can check materials out from the Stark Media Services Center collection?

Current Pitt affiliates – students, staff, and faculty - can check materials out for two weeks. 

Faculty can reserve items in advance for in-class screenings or academic use by completing the Check-Out Request Form. We'll hold the item for you for pickup on your requested date.

Can I borrow AV equipment from the Stark Media Services Center?

Please direct all inquiries regarding AV equipment and AV-enabled classrooms to the Center for Teaching and Learning.

For information on media equipment available for loan at Hillman Library, please visit the Media Production Equipment & Services Lending Program page.

The item I need isn’t in the collection—what can I do? 

Faculty can ask us to order media items using the Media Purchase Form.

Can I put my personal copy of a film on temporary reserve at the Media Center for my students to watch?

Instructors can have personal copies of media items placed on temporary reserve for their students to watch in-house.

  • When submitting items, please include contact information (name, e-mail, phone number) and information about the course (course name, course number, CRN).
  • Personal reserve items can be picked up at any time.
  • Rental items and items from other institutions cannot be placed on reserve.

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Stark Media Services
G-22 Hillman Library
University of Pittsburgh
3960 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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