SAIC faculty orders

SAIC Faculty

DVD and Blu-Ray Checkout Policy and Procedure

The Video Data Bank is not only a leading international distribution service — we are also an excellent resource for faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most titles in distribution are available for SAIC classroom use or for viewing in the VDB Screening Room.

Below are the guidelines for faculty checkout. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

  • If you haven’t used our online checkout system before, please contact VDB distribution to authenticate your SAIC Faculty User account. Please send us the following information:


Department / Course


Telephone number

  • VDB distribution will reply with a user name and password which you can use to place classroom orders through our website.
  • Many VDB titles are available for online preview for users with an domain name via Panopto, and we advise checking there first.
  • Please note that we require at least FIVE BUSINESS DAYS for faculty requests. This is so we have time to make copies of the titles, if necessary. There are no exceptions to this rule, so please plan your courses and reserve your DVDs in advance.
  • The maximum number of titles faculty can reserve at one time is six.
  • Video Data Bank titles can be checked out only for classes composed of SAIC students, and screened in classes held on the SAIC campus.
  • Prompt return of the titles is required. MATERIALS ARE DUE BACK ON THE SAME DAY THEY ARE CHECKED OUT. DVDs used for night classes after VDB office hours can be returned through the drop slot at the VDB office. Faculty members VDB privileges will be frozen if DVDs have not been returned on the same day as checkout.
  • SAIC students do not have checkout privileges at the Video Data Bank. Faculty members may place titles on hold for students and assign them to schedule a viewing appointment in our Screening Room.