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Finding Films at the Furman University Library

Furman University Library acquires films in both streaming and on DVD in support of the curriculum. You can locate these films in the Library Catalog. To find out more about films available at the Furman University Library, go to our Film Studies Media Guide or contact the Research Assistance Desk.


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Come by the Research Assistance Desk on your right as you enter the James B. Duke Library right in the heart of campus.


Give us a call at (864) 294-2195

Instructions for Playing DVDs

Most teaching workstations and computer labs on campus no longer offer DVD drives. Many student laptops no longer offer such drives either. To assist with viewing DVDs, the Duke Library offers DVD drives for check out. These DVD drives can be connected to laptops or to campus workstations such as those in the Research Commons and/or teaching stations.

Regardless of region, DVDs should be played using the software VLC. Instructions appear below:

  1. After inserting the DVD into the DVD drive, a notification will appear prompting you to choose what happens with DVD movies.
  2. If you are using Windows 10 on a PC, click on the notification once it appears.  If it disappears before clicking on it, simply reinsert the DVD into the drive.
  3. After clicking on the notification, a window will open giving you several options of what to do with the DVD. Select the option to play with   VideoLAN VLC Player. Depending on the DVD, either the disc menu will appear or the film will start playing.


DVD Regions

In addition to traditional region 1 (North America) films, Furman purchases foreign films. In order to play non-region 1 films you must use the software VLC. Read the instructions on this page or contact the Information Technology Helpdesk by email or at 864-294-3277.

Region Description
0/all Region 0 or "all" may be played on any campus DVD player or workstation with a DVD drive.
1 United States, Canada, Bermuda, U.S. Territories. May be played on any campus DVD player or workstation with a DVD drive.
2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French overseas departments and territories.
3 Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau.
4 South America, Central America, Carribbean, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Papau New Guinea, and much of Oceania.
5 Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Pakistan, Africa (except Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho), Central and South Asia, Mongolia, and North Korea
6 China