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Two Nintendo Switch games being checked out from the security desk on level one.

How to Check Out Free Video Games From the Library

1. Search for the game on the library’s website

If you already know the title of the game and the console you need it on, you’re good to go. For this example, we’ve searched for Dead by Daylight (2017) for the Playstation 4.

If you aren’t sure what game to check out or what is available, Tallie Casucci keeps a campus guide updated with a list organized by console.

Click the images to the right throughout the guide to expand for larger viewing.
Using the library's website to search for a video game in our database.
A text search query for the video game Dead by Daylight for the Playstation 4 on the library's website.

2. Log into the library’s website with your UID

We began building our video game collection in March 2016 in support of the U’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering Program. Anyone with a current UCard can borrow our games for up to 14 days without a renewal.

3. Click request and choose your pick up location

After you’ve requested the game, you can choose from the Faust Law Library, Health Sciences Library, Marriott Library, Marriott Library Special Collections, or the McKay Music Library. More often than not, selecting the Marriott Library will be the easiest and fastest way to pick up the video game.

Click request after you have logged into the library's page.
Select your pick up location for the video game.

4. Pick up and enjoy!

You will receive an email in your UMail inbox once the game is ready to pick up. If you’ve selected the Marriott Library, the pick-up location will be at the security desk on level one near the west entrance.

Remember to return the games in fourteen days!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The game I’m looking for isn’t in your collection. Is there anything I can do?

To suggest a video game or gaming device you’d like us to acquire, send an email request.

Picking up video games from the security desk on level one.

What about VR? Is there anything VR related I can check out?

There are PSVR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift kits for check-out. They circulate for 3 days from the Knowledge Commons desk. There are also peripherals for 3 day check out (PSVR Move Controllers and PSVR Aim Controllers). There are several PSVR games available for check-out too.

I don’t own a gaming console. Is there any way I can still play these video games?

There are two gaming spaces on Level 2 of the Marriott Library:

  1. Gaming Alcove in the Fine Arts & Architecture Library, includes desktop consoles connected to large-screen monitors include: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 (internet-enabled), PS4, and WiiU.
  2. Virtual Reality Workstations at the Knowledge Commons, includes three HTC Vive Pro virtual reality headsets.

All controllers as well as handheld consoles can be checked out from the Knowledge Commons desk on Level 2 for a 3 day check out (PS Vita, New 3DS XL, and the Nintendo Switch).

Nintendo Switches are available for checkout on level two in the Knowledge Commons.

I’m not in the EAE program. Can I still checkout video games?

Yes! All materials are available to checkout as long as you are a University of Utah student or employee.

Who can I contact for further information about video games or the library’s support of the EAE program?

Tallie Casucci can help in answering any inquiries regarding the library’s video game collection.

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