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More than 4,000 VHS tapes to be given away

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Calling all film buffs!

UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library is offering more than 4000 of its weeded-out VHS films free to the public Tuesday, Jan. 21, through Friday, Jan. 24, in the library’s fourth floor Rotunda reading room.

The VHS tapes, on a variety of subjects such as Shakespeare, dance, health, education, art, as well as feature films, will be given away as an alternative to recycling.

A spokeswoman for the Kathryn A. Martin Library said they are always reviewing its collections to reflect the needs of UMD current students and faculty. Prior to the withdrawal of these videotapes, librarians selected specific actively used films for replacement in DVD format and retained more than a thousand of its VHS films.

VHS is now a dated media format, and its use has decreased in the last

5 years. At the present time, the equipment needed to project VHS is no longer maintained in UMD classrooms.

The library’s DVD collection is growing, and it anticipates streaming options to become more prevalent in the future.

The library sponsored a successful giveaway of its LP collection in March and would like the VHS materials to find good homes as well.

The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to midnight weekdays, closing at 5 p.m. on Fridays. Parking is free at UMD after

5 p.m. in lots, and after 6:30 p.m. at meters.

The films are not in subject order, so plan some browsing time. A title list will be provided. Bring your own bag or box.

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