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Naro Video Collection

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The complete 42,000 title Naro Video Collection, the largest video collection in Virginia, will once again be on loan and available for browsing in a new, permanent installation on the floor of ODU's Perry Library. Lending will be open to ODU students and faculty and library members.

Coming Spring 2024


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Available Now: NARO SNEAK PEEK

Located at the front of Perry Library, the Naro Sneak Peek collection offers what's New to Naro, our collection of Unstreamable titles, and a rotation of special selections from the Naro Video Collection's deep waters.

The 'Sneak Peek' collection is accessible to students and faculty of Old Dominion University and members of Friends of Old Dominion University Libraries. Limit 3 items per patron for a check-out period of one week.

'NARO MINDED' Screening Series



All 'Naro Minded' screenings are free and open to the public courtesy of Old Dominion University Libraries.

A Brief History

Norfolk's legendary Naro Video Collection comes to Old Dominion University Libraries by generous donation from store owners Tim Cooper and Linda McGreevy.

"Naro Expanded Video opened in Norfolk, Virginia in 1989 as part of a network of five Mid-Atlantic video stores owned by Barry Solan. In 1996, Solan took his entire stock of videos and sold the business to two locals: Tim Cooper, an alt-weekly film critic, and his wife, Linda McGreevy, an art historian and professor. Starting from scratch with their own collection of VHS tapes, Tim and Linda moved Naro Video to its longtime home on Colley Ave in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood.

Together, with a knowledgeable staff, Tim and Linda made Naro Video into a counter-culture landmark, a space dedicated to the sort of films that its corporate competition overlooked: challenging indies; global cinema; queer canon; documentaries on history, art and religion; a deep reservoir of classic Hollywood films; and the purest, most terrible trash. Naro’s collection grew to be one of the largest video rental collections on the East Coast, with over 42,000 titles in circulation."

-Always Naro Minded-

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