Descriptive Videos

What Are Descriptive Videos

Descriptive Videos are movies that have a voice describing actions, characteristics, and dress of the actors, as well as details of the scenery or setting. This descriptive voice speaks during the time when there is no dialogue. These videos can be enjoyed by everyone, both sighted and visually impaired. Our videos play on ordinary VCRs, DVD players and televisions. The library does not loan or repair video equipment.

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How to Get Descriptive Videos

To get Descriptive Videos you need to become a member of the DVS club by filling out the Descriptive Video Membership Form and paying the one time membership fee of $20, which allows you to borrow VHS and DVD format videos. Only active library patrons can be members of the DVS club. If you lose or damage a video, you will need to join again by paying another $20. All videos go through the mail Free Matter for the Blind. Individuals may borrow one video at a time; institutions may borrow up to three. The loan period is three weeks. If you would like to subscribe to the program, complete the Descriptive Video Membership Form. If you have questions about the DVS program, please contact the library.

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How to Choose Descriptive Videos

When we receive your membership form and fee, we will send you a catalog of DVS titles, which you may use to order videos. There is also an online version of what's available. Descriptive videos can also be found in our online catalog (www.klas.com/ncbph) in both VHS and DVD formats. The library staff doesn't make video selections for you; it is your responsibility to ensure that the library has a list of requests. You may send your video requests by mail or phone in up to 12 at a time on our toll-free line at 1-888-388-2460. You may send as many requests as you like, but we can't send the videos in any particular order or guarantee a specific time when they will be sent. Please order your videos by catalog number. As we receive a returned video in the mail, we will send another. Please remember that we only send another video if you have requests on file, and if your requests are available. As new titles are added to the collection, they will be listed in the library’s newsletter, Tar Heel Talk. We update the video catalog on a biannual basis. For further assistance please contact the library.

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