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Cinema and Media Studies

About the Video Game Collection

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.

The collection will continue to be shaped by research and teaching needs, as well as budgetary considerations.  If you are interested in the Library adding a game to the collection, you may recommend it be purchased:

Finding Video Games

The Library's video game collection is housed in the John Crerar Library and may be requested at the Crerar Circulation Desk.

Games are available for regular loan. However, you may only check out 3 games at a time.

Finding a Specific Game

If you know the game you are looking for, search the Library Catalog by title.

Finding Games by System

If you would like to identify games for a specific system (PS2, Xbox, Wii, etc.):

Go to the Advanced Keyword tab

  1. Enter "Computer Games" in the first search box selecting "Subject" in the drop box to the right. 
  2. Enter the specific system (Xbox, Wii, etc.) in the second box, leaving the drop box as "All Fields".

Where are the Game Consoles?

The Media Arts, Data, and Design (MADD) Center will check out game consoles, controllers, and accessories. Their offerings include PS4, PS3, Xbox One X, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS XL, Super NES, Super NES Classic, NES Classic, Sega Dreamcast, and more. Consoles are for use within the MADD Center only and are subject to limited loan periods, according to the MADD Center policies.


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Holiday Vega
Librarian for Health, Psychology, and Social Work