Depending on the library and the collection, some games are available for home use in accordance with the library’s loan policy and some are not. Please consult the libraries' websites and/or library staff if you are unsure. Some of the largest collections are housed in Robarts, Kelly Library, UTSC, and UTM Syd Bolton Collection (archival).
Type in “video games” in UTL search bar and click on the search button.
On the search results page, located the filters on the left and under Format, select Other
The follow searches will show results for all libraries. Use the filters on the left side to limit to specific locations. Materials at Robarts Library will require a hold request for pick up.
Type in desired game’s title in UTL search bar
Under the Format filter, check of “Other”.
Robarts Library has a selection of video games for PS4, XBoxOne, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch.
Kelly Library has a selection of video games and consoles.
UTM Library's Syd Bolton Collection is comprised of almost 14,000 video games and hundreds of consoles and systems, along with over 5,000 issues of game magazines, hundreds of books and literature, peripherals, and related technology, materials, and documents. It is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world and the largest known in Canada.
This Special Collection may be accessed by submitting a research request form.
To see what consoles and games are available, consult the Syd Bolton Finding Aid. Note that games from the Bolton collection are not currently included in LibrarySearch.
Once your request has been approved, schedule a visit to the UTM Library's Reading Room. Please review the visit process: the Bolton Collection does not circulate for borrowing but all games may be played onsite.
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We would like to thank and credit University of Michigan Library for compiling this list of research topics in the field of video game studies. For more info, explore UML's Games Studies Research Guide
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