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Finding Films & Videos

The Film and Video Collection includes videotapes, DVDs (including Blu-Ray discs), videogames, and 16mm films which span a wide range of disciplines.

To search DELCAT Discovery for Film and Video Collection items, use the Search Media in DELCAT link on the lefthand column. You may use the Format facets at the left-hand side of the screen after performing your search to choose from available media formats and / or limit by year, language, or other categories. Please see the Film Studies LibGuide for other tips on searching for Film and Video items.

On-Site Media Collection

The Film and Video Collection Department includes over 25,000 on-site media titles, including over 15,000 DVDs and Blu-Rays, 10,000 videotapes and 500+ titles in legacy formats. This collection includes feature films from the silent era through to current releases, and educational programs spanning a wide array of subjects from anthropology to zoology. Also included in the Film and Video Collection are videogames acquired in support of coursework for PlayStation and XBox consoles.

The Film and Video Collection Department purchases newly-acquired titles on DVD (standard or high-definition).  Videotapes will only be purchased if a title is specifically requested for research or class use and not available in DVD format.  Every effort will be made to purchase a legal DVD copy of any item in the collection on videotape upon request.  Please allow adequate time for DVD acquisition and contact Film and Video Collection staff with requests well in advance of anticipated show dates.  If a legal copy cannot be obtained, Film and Video Collection Librarians can assist instructors in finding other suitable materials in DVD format.

The Film and Video Collection Department maintains equipment on site which can play all media formats contained in its collection. Please see Audiovisual Carrels below for more information on these formats.  Also see Viewing Room and Research Room for information on the Film and Video Collection Viewing Room, which can be scheduled for class use.

16mm Film Collection

The Film and Video Collection Department has some 2500 16mm academic films which are available for viewing by University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff.

The collection includes many rare and unique titles not available in video (VHS and DVD) formats. The films span a wide range of academic subject areas, from Anthropology, Biology and other sciences, to Art, Film Studies, History, and the Social Sciences. Many were produced during the golden age of academic film, the post-Sputnik era of the 1950s and 1960s. Besides the educational value of their content, these films serve as a human and historical record, cultural artifact, and window to the past.

A few examples from the collection include rare documentaries such as Black Protest (1969), Original Films of Frank B. Gilbreth (1968), The Days of Dylan Thomas (1965), and The Santa Monica Project (1969). There are also cinema classics like The Balloonatic (Buster Keaton, 1923), Hollywood and Bust (1956), Silent Snow Secret Snow (Conrad Aiken, 1964), and Uberfall (1929).

A catalog of the 16mm film collection is available for reference use in the Film and Video Collection Department. All of the 16mm films are housed in the Library Annex and may be accessed by contacting Film and Video Collection Department staff during regular Media Office hours.

The Film and Video Collection Department has a viewing carrel equipped with a 16mm projector for individual use. Faculty may also schedule class showings of 16mm films in the 49-seat Viewing Room by calling 831-1042 during regular Media Office hours.

Audiovisual Carrels

Viewing and listening facilities for all materials in the Film and Video Collection Department are available in 35 audiovisual carrels, designed for both individual and group use. Equipment available in the carrels includes:

VHS and 3/4" video players, international VHS (NTSC/PAL) players, DVD and Blu-Ray players, international DVD players, PlayStation 2 and 3 consoles, an XBox gaming console, laserdisc players, a 16mm film viewer, 35mm slide viewers, compact disc players, audio cassette players, a phonorecord player, and television monitors connected to UDTV, the University of Delaware's closed-circuit television network.

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