The Media Library is composed of audio and video material and electronic archives (CD-Roms), to provide an overview of contemporary arts to students and researchers, or professionals in the field of art and culture. Most of the audio and video tapes document the events and the art, music, theatre performances and films sponsored and organized by the Biennale. The record collection ranges from classical, contemporary and popular music to jazz and ethnic music. It also includes a very important collection of video-art tapes.
The collections gathers 8,500 original videos in the VHS, U-Matic, Betacam, DVD, and Video-reel formats, 4,500 records (vinyl and CDs), 3,600 audio tapes (in reels and audiocassettes), and 240 CD-Roms. The material is completely inventoried and catalogued.
The following catalogues for the records collection are available:
- A printed alphabetical catalogue by author (Classical music, popular music and jazz sections)
- A printed catalogue by geographical areas or locations (ethnic or other music)
- A digital data base that allows browsing by fields (for the music CDs only).
The collection of audio tapes, subdivided into visual arts, film, documentation (recordings of debates, conventions and press conferences etc.), classical music, popular and jazz music, ethnomusic, theatre, provides:
- a printed catalogue by author (music and theatre sections);
- a printed catalogue by geographical area or location (ethnic music);
- a catalogue by subject or operator (visual arts and film).
The video collection, subdivided into visual arts and architecture, film, music and dance, theatre, offers:
- a printed alphabetical catalogue by author or director;
- a printed alphabetical catalogue by title;
- a digital data base that allows browsing by key words.
The collection of CD-Roms can be browsed through a digital data base that allows browsing by areas or, online, by connecting to the Online catalogue of the National Library Service (Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale - SBN).
It is responsible for the conservation and maintenance of supports, structures and equipment, and uses its own equipment to produce security copies for ASAC purposes. It also ensures closed circuit transmission of audiovisual material requested for consultation.