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Our collection consists of over 5,500 books classified under Film Studies and related subjects (from a collection of over 1.2 million print monographs and 69,000 electronic books), approximately 100 film, television and media-related journals (over 65 available electronically). The Library hosts one of the best collections of international cinema on DVD, holding over 9,300 AV Materials and includes a range of extremely rare films and holdings. The University has access to specialist databases for Film Studies. These include Box of Broadcasts, Film Indexes Online, Film and Television Literature Index Full-text, British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC), British Universities Newsreel Database (BUND) and Ethnographic Video Online.

Through the university’s Library Enhancement Fund, over the last few years we have acquired a range of specialist materials, including rare film collections and databases. These include:

‘Pioneers of African-American Cinema’ Film collection
Jonas Mekas: The Major Works
Jean Rouch: Six Films (Jaguar/ The Lion Hunters/ Little By Little/ Moi, Un Noir/ Mammy Water/ The Mad Masters)
Counter-Music (Harun Farocki, 2004)
Parallele I-IV (Harun Farocki, 2012)
Warner Collection Archive (70 additional titles to complete existing holdings)
Video in the Villages collection from DER
Third World Newsreel – the indigenous videos made by CEFREC-CAIB
Leena Manimekalai (collection of 12 DVDs)
Complete films of Anand Patwardhan
Arthur Lipsett films
Rare DVDs Documentary and Experimental Film – selection of 15 titles
Queer cinema – selection of 10 titles including work of Andy Warhol, Barbara Hammer, Sadie Benning and Su Friedrich
Documentaries – selection of 9 titles including work of Frederick Wiseman and Guillermo Gomez-Pena
Experimental Film – selection of  48 titles (including work of Bruce Baillie,  Ken Jacobs, Jordan Belson and Kurt Kren)
Asian Studies in Video (online database)
Ethnographic Video Online I, II and III (online database)

Subject Guide for Film Studies