About the Video Game Collection
Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo Entertainment System, 1985, Nintendo Creative Department)
The Library's video game collection was established in 2012 to support the research and teaching of students and faculty working on transmedia, new media or comparative media studies, as well as reflecting an emerging research interest on campus in game programming, the sociology of games, videogame music, and other areas that touch on videogames, gaming and gamers. Learn more.
Where are the game consoles?
The Logan Digital Media Center (DMC) has agreed, as part of its mission to make equipment and facilities available to University of Chicago students, staff, and faculty for artistic creation and teaching, by keeping game consoles in its Equipment Cage. Their offerings include PS2, Xbox, Super NES, Atari 2600, PlayStation, and Xbox 360.
Consoles are for use within the Logan Center only and are subject to limited loan periods, according to the DMC's policies.
Finding Video Games
The Library's video game collection is housed in the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. Games may be requested from the Mansueto Library like any other item, and are available for regular loan. However, you may only check out 3 games at a time.
Finding a Specific Game
Browsing the Game Collection
If you would like to browse the video game collection, or if you would like to identify games for a specific system (PS2, Xbox, Wii, etc.), we recommend using Lens.
Enter the subject term "Computer Games" in the search box. If you would like games for a specific system, include that in your search.
Then limit by format to "E-Resource".
To further narrow your results, scroll down and limit to "Mansueto".
You may also click on the link below for a full list of video games available at the Library.
Requesting Video Games from Mansueto
Once you identify the game in Lens or the Catalog, open the full catalog record to request the game from the Mansueto Library.
Enter your CNetID and select a pickup location. If you select the Mansueto Library, games will be available for you to pickup in 15 minutes.
As interest develops, the collection will continue to be shaped by research and disciplinary needs as well as budgetary considerations. If you are interested in the Library adding a game to the collection, you may suggest that it be purchased.