The UNT Media Library Game Collection began with console games in the summer of 2009. A new UNT initiative, First Flight, was the impetus for revisiting a 2006 project proposal for diversifying the Media Library collection to include consoles and video games in the library. This collection began with funding for a Wii, Xbox, and PS3 console and five games for each of these systems. It has grown steadily over the years to include all modern consoles, older legacy consoles, emulators, equipment, and games.
The UNT Media Library collects video and console games in any physical format.
The library offers access to several game platforms library PCs, but because of licensing issues, specifically, the lack of multi-user licenses, students use their personal accounts to play digital-only games.
Video game processing is much like DVD processing in that games are circulated in the original plastic cases with a call number on the spine and front of the box. Each disc receives a hub protector with the library name to prevent cracking and breakage.
Each console is processed into a console bag with two controllers. Each console piece (bag, cables, console, remote, etc.) receives a barcode. We use tags and zip ties to easily barcode cables and cords. Bags receive a luggage tag with the name of the item and a barcode. This tag is the only item visible to patron in the catalog.
Game controllers are also barcoded and circulated in a small bag.