The ALTEC Multimedia Library (Hellems 159), is a language education resource center for the University of Colorado Boulder. The library contains a large collection of foreign language films, textbooks, magazines, CDs, books, and other language learning materials from around the world. The library was designed with the language student in mind and, because of this, we supply all of the latest technology that one might need to excel in one's target language. This includes seven PC and seven Mac desktop computers in the library as well as electronics available for loan such as laptops, laptop adaptors, video cameras, microphones, and iPads. Our highly trained student staff is ready to assist you.

In addition, our student staff are also native speakers of and/or study a wide range of languages including English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Tibetan. If you would like to practice your speaking and listening skills, stop by the front desk to chat in your target language.

We consider this space a hub for CU Boulder's language learning and teaching community, so we hope you will also use this space for your own language-related gatherings and other events. We warmly welcome suggestions on how we might update the Multimedia Library to be more inviting or better suit your needs. 

Library Hours

Fall and Spring Schedule

Mon-Thur: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Summer Schedule

Mon-Thur: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Media Library Closures

Library is closed during holidays and fall and spring break. Library will be closed August 1st-19th.


Within the library we have a set of long tables, and a divided space (The Cube) that can be reserved; each area can seat ten individuals. All of our furniture is moveable and we welcome people of all abilities (those requiring wheelchair access can enter on the west side of the building). When you are ready to make a reservation, please view the schedules and stop by the front desk, or email These spaces can be used for group meetings, playing games, office hours, project planning sessions, study groups, tutoring, and language events such as coffee and conversation meetups.

HLMS 159 Table Area     HLMS 159 Cube

Resource Requests

Language department faculty are encouraged to submit purchase requests for new language learning resources for the library. To submit a request, please fill out an online Course Material Purchase Request Form. Faculty can also submit an online Media Streaming Request Form in order to stream media online with or without subtitles and allow students to view the media at home.