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Finding film related resources in Edinburgh University Libraries

Main Library

Most printed literature (such as books and journals) and visual materials for film studies are located in the Main Library, George Square. Some older books are located in the University Collections Facility (UCF) from where items can be requested and delivered via the Library’s electronic document delivery service. All the materials are listed in DiscoverEd.

Main Library

University Collections Facility

There are over 4,000 video DVD items in the Library system. DVDs in the Main Library are interfiled with the general book collections in the Library of Congress (LC) classification scheme. The most useful shelfmark for ‘motion pictures’ is PN1995. There are about 600 DVDs of Chinese films in the East Asian Collection. Please note that films may be borrowed for educational purposes only, and so the copying of DVDs and videos for other purposes are strictly forbidden by copyright laws.

Edinburgh College of Art Library

The  ECA Library holds a large and growing collection of DVDs, ranging from art documentaries, current films, classic movies, anime, animation DVDs and artist's filmworks. The collection is located on level 1 of the Library in Evolution House. The DVDs and videos are short loan but there are also 2 DVD players and viewing facilities in the Library, at the study desks adjacent to the collection.

ECA Library

Video and film collections in the Languages and Humanities Centre

There is a large collection of world films and documentaries in the Language and Humanities Centre within the LLC School’s Resource Centre on the first floor of 50 George Square. Its Video Catalogue Search  (VIDCAT) within MyEd (you may need to add the VIDCAT Channel through the tab on the top left of the MyEd window) offers easy access to the list by title searching or browsing. There are currently around 9000 items, from rare BBC documentaries to animated short films, from Hollywood blockbusters to post-revolutionary Iranian cinema. DVD players as well as video and audio editing facilities are available on site. Staff and postgraduate students can borrow items from the collection overnight.

Languages and Humanities Centre

Video Catalogue Search

Several hundred films can be watched online on the University network or via VPN connection away from campus.

How to search for film studies materials in DiscoverEd

In Quick Search, enter “motion pictures” (within quotation marks). You can then refine search results by material type, by subject, by library site or by database collections in which the resources occur.

Or, in Advanced Search, select ‘In subject headings’ and enter ‘motion pictures’ in the search box. For DVDs, at the search point, select Audio Visual in ‘Material Type’.


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