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Types of Materials

Book iconBook
A hardback or paperback published written work
eBook IconeBook
A downloadable, electronically published book
DVD IconDVD/VCD & BLU-ray
Optical discs most often storing movies or television shows. BLU-ray and DVDs have a higher resolution than VCDs.
Periodical IconPeriodical Current
A continuing publication, published over a period of time in individual issues; a magazine, journal or newspaper in paper, microform, or electronic media for which the Library has a current subscription
Periodical Ceased IconPeriodical Ceased
A periodical that has ceased publication, or changed title, or is no longer actively subscribed to by the Library, yet the Library still retains the publication in its collections and in the catalog
ePeriodical IconePeriodicals
A downloadable, electronically published magazine or journal
VHS IconVHS Video
A videotape cassette, usually of a movie or television show
Music CD IconMusic CD, Tape
Music sound recordings (e.g., opera, symphony, folk, rock, hip-hop, rap, jazz, instrumental, vocal, electronic, found, etc.) stored on a variety of media, e.g., tapes, or CDs
Music IconMusic Score
Printed music (e.g., full scores, miniature scores, piano-vocal scores, individual instrument scores, songs, etc.)
LP IconVinyl LPs
Music sound recordings (e.g., opera, symphony, folk, rock, hip-hop, rap, jazz, instrumental, vocal, electronic, found, etc.) and non-musical sound recordings (e.g., novels, stories, plays, poems, sound effects, etc.) stored on vinyl LPs
Spoken Cd IconSpoken Tape, CD
Non-musical sound recordings (e.g., novels, stories, plays, poems, sound effects, etc.) stored on a variety of media, e.g. tapes, or CDs
Computer File IconComputer File
Software files stored on floppy disks, CDROM or other media