The Language Center’s range of services is designed to support classroom teaching, research, course requirements, and independent learning. Most services are available at no charge to CAS Faculty.

Videos on Reserve

Temp Video on ReserveInstructors often place videos (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray) on reserve at Geddes for students to watch outside of class or showing times.  To place a video on reserve bring it to the Geddes checkout window (CAS 537).  We will need to know your name, course, and how long you wish to place the video on reserve.   We do accept materials via interdepartmental mail with advanced notice.  Additionally, you may ask the Media Group’s Krasker film library to place videos at Geddes for a period of time.

Videos on reserve must be owned by Boston University or the instructor and be an original copy.  We cannot place Netflix discs or “burned” copies on reserve.

Equipment Loan

Equipment LoanThe Center has the following equipment available:

  • LCD Projector Cart
  • 2 Dell Dimension/Lenovo laptops
  • 1 MacBook/1 MacBook Air
  • 1 iPad 2 Air
  • Region Free DVD Player
  • HD webcam and microphone
  • CD/Cassette Boomboxes
  • 2 H2 Audio Digital Microphones
  • 2 iPod Boomboxes
  • MiniDV Camcorder
  • 3 HD Minicams
  • 2 USB laptop speakers
  • Mac DVI-VGA-DisplayPort-USB-C adapters
  • PA (Public Address) system

Most equipment can be reserved online by instructors. We prefer at least two days advanced notice. Students wishing to use equipment should have their instructor contact the Center on their behalf.

Equipment is for use within in the CAS building.  We don’t deliver or pick up equipment but we are happy to provide instruction on equipment use.


audiorecordingStudent audio recordings are done in our computer lab using Dill, RecordPad, Audacity or Quicktime. Students can record individually or in pairs using computer stations with headsets and microphones. Instructors can have students record in the lab outside class time or reserve the lab for in-class recordings. Files are saved in the MP3 format and can either be submitted to an instructor’s BlackBoard dropbox, or to a class shared folder on the CAS fileserver.

Student video recordings, or “shoots,” are done in our video studios during class time only. Due to the large demand for student video shoots during the semester we recommend scheduling early. The video recordings are captured as video files and can be transferred to a Video DVD, uploaded to the CAS fileserver, Kaltura MyMedia, or Blackboard.

Faculty and guest audio or video recordings can be done in our audio studio or on location, with or without a recording engineer, at quality levels ranging from archival to professional and in various different formats. Please contact the lab for more information.

Duplication and Conversion

TTTDVDThe Language Center provides duplication at no cost for course-related instructional materials supporting College of Arts and Sciences teaching activity. Duplication options include: VHS, Cassette, CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray discs. Fee-based bulk disc duplication with custom labeling is also available.

The Language Center is equipped to convert a range of media from one standard or format to another, the most common conversions being foreign standard (region-2/PAL) VHS tapes or DVDs to US standard (region-1/NTSC), and from audio cassette or reel to reel to MP3 or CD. There are many options and formats available.  Please contact the lab for more information.

We cannot convert or duplicate copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder except where fair use allows. Additionally, we may not be able to convert materials due to technical limitations such as CSS, Macrovision, etc. Fees may apply for non-CAS departments and for materials that are not used in a current course.


ProductionThe Language Center’s media production services include audio and video recording, editing, mixing, postproduction, and instructional design assistance.

We can record audio or video lessons for your course.  Materials can be delivered via CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray. Some materials can be posted on the Language Center’s website, Kaltura MyMedia, or Blackboard, depending on purpose and copyright.

We can provide assistance in creating course-related content as time and resources allow.  We can host course websites that require a large amount of media, such a website for a film course.  We can extract clips from casette, CD, VHS, and DVD, digitize the material and stream it directly from BU’s media server.

For production projects, we employ a collaborative approach, and work closely with our clients. The complexity of production work requires substantial lead time. Fees may apply. Please contact us directly to discuss.

A Russian Course

A Russian CourseThe Geddes Language Center is the sole distributor of the audio materials that accompany the language-learning text, A RUSSIAN COURSE, by Alexander Lipson. The Lipson audio is sold in MP3 format, on 1 USB 4GB Flash drive. The cost is $65. (Overseas shipping charges will apply.)

To order, send a check or money order (payable to “The Trustees of Boston University”) to:

Geddes Language Center
Boston University
685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Please allow two weeks for delivery.  For inquiries email  We cannot currently accept credit cards.