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Language Schools Library Guide

An introduction to library collections and services for Middlebury Language Schools students, faculty, and staff.

Language Schools Library Guide for Faculty

Find Middlebury Library policies and procedures specific to Language School faculty needs.

Purchase Requests

We encourage you to submit purchase requests for the library collection.

Books, Films and More

  • To ask us to purchase something for the library, please fill out the form at Request a Library Purchase. You’ll submit a separate request form for each item.
  • If you have a list of items, please send the list to Unfortunately, we may not be able to provide status updates for items submitted in a list.
  • If you want any items to be checked out for less than the usual student loan period of 28 days, please ask to have them put on reserve. Learn more at Reserves.

Streaming Video

  • To ask us to purchase a streaming video for the library, first search MIDCAT, the library catalog. (We may have a streaming version of the video already.)
  • To ask us to purchase a streaming video, please fill out the form at Request a Library Purchase. You’ll submit a separate request form for each item.
  • If you have a list of items, please send the list to only if you’ve asked for the videos before. For new acquisitions of film, including alternate editions or streaming versions, please fill out the request form above.
  • For more advice, including how to renew access to a film you’ve streamed in the past, visit Streaming FAQ (use your Middlebury login).

Loan Periods for Borrowing

Books and DVDs

  • Most items that you check out will be due at the end of the summer.  
  • DVDs have a loan period of 2 weeks
  • Books in the Browsing collection have a loan period of no more than 28 days.


  • Laptops:  These are available at the Circulation Desk at the Davis Family Library and may be borrowed by faculty or staff for the summer term.
  • Media equipment (for example, cameras, tripods, camcorders, projectors, microphones)
    • From the library:  Most items that you check out will be due in 3 days. The loan period can be adjusted slightly as needed.
    • From Media Services (ITS):  Media Services may have media equipment that can be borrowed for the entire summer. Ask

Interlibrary Loan

  • Most items that you check out will be due at the end of the summer.  
  • Visit Interlibrary Loan for advice and a link to a request form.

Orientation, Training, and Tours

Library Orientation Sessions

  • Library orientation sessions are held online via Zoom at the beginning of the summer. They introduce students, faculty and staff to library materials in foreign languages within and beyond our library collections. 
  • Find dates, times, and links to registration forms at Library Orientation and Training Sessions for the Language Schools.

Library Orientation Video Recordings (NEW!)

  • Library orientation video recordings cover the same content as live orientation sessions, but you can pause and rewatch them. We've divided our hour-long session into four segments:  1) Library basics and library spaces, 2) Using LibrarySearch, 3) Interlibrary Loan and the research guides, and 4) Newspapers, magazines, and video. Each segment is bookmarked for quick access to the content you need.
  • Find library orientation video recordings at Library Orientation for the Language Schools 2022.

Self-Guided Library Tours

  • Self-guided tour brochures are available at the Research Desk whenever the Davis Family Library is open (find hours here). They highlight library spaces including language browsing collections, group study rooms, and places where you can get help.
  • Visit the Research Desk on a weekday afternoon to meet a librarian! Find hours and contact information at Ask Us.

Zotero Citation Management Software Training

Special Collections Open Houses and Class Visits

  • Special Collections open houses and class visits can be held in person upon request. They offer an introduction to rare books and archives.
  • Request a Special Collections open house or class visit by contacting

Deselection Project

You may recall that before the pandemic, the library had begun a project to review its circulating collections in order to remove outdated print books and books no longer needed for the curriculum and research. The work slowed considerably when COVID struck, and library staff are now resuming the pace. There’s a lot more information in the original announcement describing the project, and on the site for the project itself

We invite faculty feedback on our deselection decisions. If you’d like to be notified when title lists in your areas of interest are ready for review, please request that here.

For Faculty at Bennington

Faculty in the Middlebury Language Schools at Bennington should also consult this guide: