Media Library

Frequently Asked Questions about the Media Library

General Media Library Questions

What can I use the media for? 

The media found on the Media Library can be used for a multitude of things. We
suggest using it for enhancing gospel lessons, sharing the gospel, deepening
personal study, and enriching family home evenings.  

Most media is available for download to your personal computing device so you
can use it where there is no Internet connection. Some media, however, is not
available for download. This media can still be viewed and used, but an Internet
connection may be required.

What is an interim audio page? 

We are currently in the process of building a dynamic audio page that will allow
you to listen to and download Church related audio. While this is being
developed, we have the interim audio page, which contains links to pages on
LDS.org where you can find and listen to audio.

How can I use media to share the gospel? 
  • There are many ways you can use the media found on the Media Library to share
    the gospel. Visit our page about using media to share the gospel for some great
    suggestions.
Can I contribute my own artwork?
  • Of course! Visit create.lds.org for current needs and instructions on how to
    submit your work. 
Can I access the Media Library in a language other than English?

Unfortunately, not yet.  But we are currently in the process of translating the
Media Library into more languages and hope to offer it soon.

Browsing and Searching Media

How do I browse media by topic?
  • This option is currently available for videos. We recently launched a new video
    category called “Topics,” and within that category you will see subcategories
    arranged by major gospel topics
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  • Another option is to use the search bar on LDS.org. The search function was
    recently updated to include images and videos in the Media Library. And if you search
    from a Media Library page, it will narrow your search automatically by searching only
    within the Media Library.  
How can I search just for images or videos?

  • The search function was recently updated to include images and videos in the Media
    Library. And if you search from a Media Library page, it will narrow your search
    automatically by searching only within the Media Library.
Where do I find media for my lesson? 

The Media Library currently provides video and images to help enrich your
lessons (we will have audio soon). We continually add media, so we encourage
you to check back frequently. Here are a few quick resources to get you started:

Primary

Images

Videos

Young Men and Young Women

Images

Videos

Sunday School

Images

Videos

Teachings of the Living Prophets Lessons

Images

Videos

Teachings of Presidents of the Church Lessons

Images

Videos

Seminary and Institute Teachers

Images

Videos

How do I find a video?

There are a few different ways to find videos on the Media Library:

  1. Browse by Genre. To do this, navigate to the video section of the Media
    Library. From there, the videos are divided into categories based on genre.
    You can see the list of categories on the right side of every page in the video
    section.
  2. Try the New Search Tool. The search function was recently updated to include
    images and videos in the Media Library. And if you search from a Media Library page,
    it will narrow your search automatically by searching only within the Media Library.  
  3. Browse by Topic. We recently launched a new video category called “Topics,”
    and within that category you will see subcategories arranged by major topics.

Video Related

Why are some videos not available for download?
  • Although many of the items in the LDS Media Library are available for download,
    some are not. Videos, audio, and images that are not available to download
    typically have Intellectual Property (IP) restrictions that prevent their use by the
    general public. However, nondownloadable media files are still available to
    stream and share with others, and we are working to make as much of the
    content downloadable as possible. Please see the information on restrictions
Why did the video stop playing while streaming?

There may be a few different reasons a video stops playing, but it is usually a
bandwidth problem. This means that there is some congestion between your
computer and the source of the video; either there are too many people trying to
access that particular video or there are too many people trying to access the
Internet around you. Here are a few things you can try to have a smoother
viewing experience:

  1. Try refreshing the browser.
  2. Check your Internet connection to make sure you have a strong signal.
  3. Try getting on at a different time when Internet traffic might be lower.
  4. Try closing excess programs on your computer.
Why isn’t this video on the Media Library?

We strive to provide as many videos as possible on the Media Library. However,
some videos are not available on the Media Library, usually because they have
Intellectual Property (IP) restrictions that prevent their use on the site. If it is a
relatively new video, we may be in the process of adding it to the site, so check
back often for new content being added.

Can videos be shared on Facebook?

Yes! We encourage you to do so. Videos can be shared on Facebook a few
different ways:

  1. Find the video you would like to share.  In the upper right corner there is a
    share icon. Click the icon, and it will give you the option to share the video
    directly on Facebook or click “Copy Link” and then paste it into your Facebook
    status.
  1. Another option is to copy the URL from the browser address bar and paste it
    into your Facebook status.
Can I put the video on my blog or website?

Yes. Simply find the video you would like to post. In the upper right corner there
is a “Get Code” button. Click this button. Then select which type of code you need
(embed, Blogger, Wordpress, LiveJournal, TypePad). Then click “Copy Code” and
paste it onto your blog. (The process for embedding the video into your blog will
vary depending on which platform you use.)

Image Related

Where can I find the Gospel Art Book images?
Can images be shared on Facebook?

Yes! Below each image there is a +Share link. Click this link, and you will see
options to share the image via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Delicious. To share
to Facebook, simply click on the Facebook link and you will be directed to sign in
to Facebook. Then a link will be provided with a status comment box for you to
share the image to your wall.

What are the use restrictions for images?

All images on the LDS Media Library are available for download, and you are free
to use them for noncommercial, personal, and Church-related purposes. We do
ask that you be respectful in the way you choose to use them.

Can I put the image on my blog or website?

Yes! We encourage members to use the images on the Media Library on their
blogs and personal websites. And we would love it if you would link the image
back to where you found it on the Media Library so others can download it from
the Media Library too.

Downloading Media 

How do I download a video to my computer?
  1. On your computer, navigate to the video section of the Media Library and
    locate the video you would like to download.
  2. Below the video you will see a Download link. Click Download.
  3. Select the size you want to download. Larger files take longer to download,
    but the video quality is better.
  4. When you select a file size, the video may download automatically. If it does,
    look for it in your Downloads folder. We recommend moving the file from the
    Downloads folder to the desktop so you can find it easily.
  5. Depending on your browser, you may have the option of selecting where you
    want to save the file. We suggest saving it on your desktop so you can find it
    easily, but you can save it anywhere. You may want to rename the file with a
    name that will help you remember what the video is about. Once you have
    renamed the file and specified where you want to save it, click Save.
  6. The file is now downloaded to your computer and available for viewing
    without an Internet connection.
How do I download videos to an Android smartphone or tablet?

These steps may vary depending on your device, but this should give you an idea
of where to start.

  1. Using the Internet browser on your device, browse to the Media Library on
    LDS.org and find the video you would like to download. Tap on the Download
    link below the video.
  2. Tap on the size you would like to download. Larger files take longer to
    download, but the video quality is better.
  3. The video will automatically download. Navigate back to your home screen
    and open the Gallery app.
  4. Open the Downloads album and find the video you downloaded.
  5. Tap the video and the video will begin playing.

 

How do I download videos to my iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch?

Due to some restrictions on normal browsers on Apple devices, videos do not
show up as downloadable within the browser. These instructions outline an
alternative method.

  1. Download the free Gospel Library app from
    http://www.lds.org/pages/mobileapps?lang=eng.
  2. Go to the Manage Library section of the Gospel Library app.
  3. Select Videos from the menu.
  4. Select the genre your video belongs to (for example, Mormon Messages,
    Youth: Come Follow Me, and so on), and navigate to the video you want.
  5. Press the download button, and video will begin downloading to your device.
  6. After you download the video, return to the home menu. You can find the
    downloaded video in the Videos section of your library.
How do I download videos to a DVD that is playable on a DVD player?

In order for videos to be playable on a DVD, they must be burned to a DVD using
DVD burning software. Videos simply downloaded and saved to a DVD will not be
playable in a DVD player. Here are the steps to download videos to a DVD that is
playable on a DVD player:

  1. On your computer, navigate to the video section of the Media Library and
    locate the video you would like to download.
  2. Below the video you will see a Download link. Click Download.
  3. Select the size you want to download. Larger files take longer to download,
    but the video quality is better.
  4. When you select a file size, the video may download automatically. If it does,
    look for it in your Downloads folder. We recommend moving the file from the
    Downloads folder to the desktop so you can find it easily.
  • Depending on your browser, you may have the option of selecting where you
    want to save the file. We suggest saving it on your desktop so you can find it
    easily, but you can save it anywhere. You may want to rename the file with a
    name that will help you remember what the video is about. Once you have
    renamed the file and specified where you want to save it, click Save.
  1. Using DVD burning software (your computer may already have this software,
    or there are many programs available for free online), create a DVD with a
    menu so that you can navigate to and play the files from your meetinghouse’s
    DVD player. (Follow the instructions in the DVD burning software.)
How do I download an image to my computer?
  1. Navigate to the image you would like to download. 
  2. Click on the download link located below the image (on the right
    side). 
  3. You will be given several sizes to choose from. Click the size that best
    fits your needs. 
  4. The image will download to your Downloads folder.
How do I download an image to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch?
  1. Navigate to the image you would like to download.
  2. Tap on the download link located below the image (on the right side).
  3. You will be given several sizes to choose from—the tablet and mobile
    sizes are designed to be backgrounds for these devices respectively.
  4. Tap the size you would like.
  5. You will be taken to a webpage displaying the source image.
  6. Tap and hold on the image until the Save Image option comes up. Tap
    Save Image.
  7. The image is now downloaded and can be found in your photo gallery.
How do I download an image to an Android smartphone or tablet?
  1. Navigate to the image you would like to download.
  2. Tap on the download link located below the image (on the right side).
  3. You will be given several sizes to choose from—the tablet and mobile
    sizes are designed to be backgrounds for these devices respectively.
  4. Tap the size you would like.
  5. The image will automatically download and can then be found in the
    Download folder in your photo gallery.