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What is a MediaBank?

MediaBank2Aug. 22, 2019:

Due to ongoing repair work following the countywide system outage, the MediaBank dispenser is unable to connect and remains out of order. The issue is actively being worked on by technicians at the Onondaga County Public Library.
During this time, newly processed media usually placed in MediaBank can be found in the general collections.

Many of our newly released DVDs, video games (and a few new CDS) live in our MediaBank.

The MediaBank is a secure DVD dispensing device that also works as a self-service check out station.

You can access movies via these machines by first reserving them online and then picking them up from the machine at the library.

It's very similar to a Redbox, except you scan your library card instead of a credit card to get the movies.

Browse the MediaBank Catalog at the library or at home, make your selection, then you have until the end of the next day to stop in, scan your OCPL library card at the MediaBank kiosk in the library and get your items.

Items must be returned to the MediaBank within seven days.

Search the MediaBank catalog for availability of DVDs and Blu-Rays.

How to use MediaBank

Although you can see MediaBank items in our online library catalog, you can only reserve them from the MediaBank catalog. All you need is your library card and PIN. You can make your selections using the browser stations in the library, or on the web at

There is now only one MediaBank in the library.

Items that are checked out from the MediaBank need to be returned to the MediaBank machine inside the library during the library’s hours of operation. 

1. Bring your library card.

Do you know your PIN? If not, visit any OCPL public library and a library staff member will be happy to help you in the set-up process. It takes only a moment.

2. Browse the catalog online:

(Or, use any of the Catalog or MediaBank Reservation stations available in the library.)

3. Make your selections by clicking on the movie title or picture.

  • Click the “Continue” button, then the
  • ”Place a reservation” button.
  • You can reserve up to 7 items at one time. You may only check out 2 games at a time.

4. You have until closing of the next day to retrieve your item from MediaBank.

5.  The machine does not print out receipts but you can have your return receipts emailed to you.

In the MediaBank reservation web site, click the “Home” link (under the Liverpool Public Library banner) and opt-in to email delivery of your check out and check in receipt:

  • Email receipt for check out
  • Email receipt for check ins
  • Both
  • None - no receipt is emailed or printed, but you can always check your list of checked-out items and due dates by visiting the “My Account” tab of

If you opt-in to email delivery of receipts, your email address as shown in the “My Account” tab of your Onondaga County Public Library Polaris Contact Information will be used by MediaBank to email notices for items checked out and checked in. Email messages will be sent from or

6. Look for the MediaBank machine and Insert your library card into the MediaBank.

  • Your previously selected media will automatically come out of the machine.
  • Tap the screen where it is labelled EXIT.
  • That’s it! Your items are now checked out on your library card.

All MediaBank items are due 7 days from checkout. MediaBank items cannot be renewed.

8. Enjoy your movies, CDs, or games.

Return Your Items to the MediaBank at Liverpool Public Library

Return your items to the machine that dispensed them.  

1. Insert your library card into the MediaBank, or tap the “Quick Return” spot on the screen.

2. Follow directions on the screen, waiting for the small door to open and then placing the item, barcode up, on the small white shelf.

3. If you want to confirm that your item was checked in, you have the following options:

  • Set up your account to have receipts emailed to you, as described above.
  • Visit one of the Self Checkout machines in the library, login with your library card and PIN, and tap the “My Account” button to confirm that the returned title is no longer on your library card account.
  • Login to your library account on the catalog page, and check the “Items Out” list under the “My Account” tab. 

Return items to the MediaBank machine by the due date to avoid fines for late returns.

NOTE: if the library is closed when reservation period ends and you have not picked up your item, you will have to place a new reservation.