The below information provides answers to common questions regarding the Media and Gaming Lab at the Library and Academic Resources Center at Lindenwood University. Additional questions can be sent to Chris Smentkowski.
About the Media and Gaming Lab
The Media and Gaming Lab opened in August, 2017, on the third floor of the LARC building. In July 2021, the MGL moved to the second floor of the LARC building in room 245.
What are your hours of operation?
The hours of operation are available on the Lindenwood Library website.
Who pays for the Media and Gaming Lab? How long have you been open?
We are funded by the Lindenwood University Library, and are part of the library.
Do you take donations?
Yes, we accept donations of movies, games and equipment. If you have any questions about what materials we are currently accepting, you can email us at email@example.com. Any donations may be dropped off in person at the Media & Gaming Lab, or shipped to the below address:
Lindenwood University Library
209 S Kingshighway St
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Common Media and Gaming Lab Circulation Questions
Can I check-out a game or piece of equipment?
Video games and board/card games at the Media and Gaming Lab can be checked out for three days respectively. However, some games may be placed on Reserve for use in game design courses currently being taught on campus. Such games can only be used on our consoles within the Media and Gaming Lab.
Game consoles may not be checked out of the library.
Can I bring in my own games, controllers, or equipment?
Yes. Our consoles stay in-house, but you may bring in your own materials to use with our equipment. To avoid confusion, please notify staff whenever you bring your own items into the Gaming Lab.
Are we allowed to save game data to our own accounts on your consoles?
No, please do not add your own accounts to our PS4 and Xbox One systems. Because each system has a strict limit of 100 user accounts over its lifetime, adding additional accounts beyond those we created is not permitted. Additionally, saved games are deleted at the end of each academic year, so if you desire to continue with your saved games, it is advised to bring your own external flash drive or hard drive.
About Our Collection and Title Selection
When will you get x, y, and z?
While we do pre-order many big titles, all of our games are catalogued and searchable via our online catalogue. As a general rule, from the time a title is released, if it was selected for purchase, it will be at least a month before it arrives and is available for check out.
Why don’t you have x, y, or z?
In a perfect world, we would own a copy of every game, but we don’t live in a perfect world. Sadly, space limits and practical concerns limit what we currently have available. If the title you are interested in is newer, see our answer above. If it is an older title, you may make game requests using our online form. However, there is no guarantee we will acquire it. The decision to acquire a movie or game is based on many factors, including academic value, cultural importance, popularity, and so forth. Any questions regarding this process can be sent to Chris Smentkowski firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are your policies regarding game soundtracks?
Soundtracks often come with games as a bonus feature. We have separated these from the games and made them available to check out and use within the Media and Gaming Lab. As with other library materials, it is up to you to follow copyright procedures, so please do not download songs onto your own equipment.
About Working in the Media and Gaming Lab
Do you get paid to work here?
Yes, everyone who works here gets paid to do so.
Can I work here?
Outside of the permanent positions in the Media and Gaming Lab, we also utilize student workers in the library. Most graduate assistants who work in the Media and Gaming Lab also work in other areas of the library. These positions become available as students graduate. If you are interested in working for the library, contact Elizabeth MacDonald email@example.com and mention your interest in the Media and Gaming Lab. Positions can be applied for on the Student Worker Program web page.
We need another person to play this game with us. Can a staff member join us?
Unfortunately, staff members are not permitted to play while on duty. We must be available to welcome and assist other users as they come in.