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Film and Video Collections

A guide to analog and streaming media collections at UCLA.

Access to Physical Media Collections (as of 3/20/20)


As part of UCLA's transition to remote instruction, and the Library's necessary decision to close all Library locations, access to print resources, special collections, and physical media is not available. Please take advantage of electronic resources such as the Library's streaming media databases. The UCLA community can connect to these online resources off-campus via the VPN or proxy server. Interlibrary loan is not currently available for physical materials like DVDs.

Patrons are also encouraged to explore online collections from the UCLA Film & Television Archive. For information on requesting online access to materials held in Instructional Media Collections and Services, please visit this page.

For help with any of our resources, please schedule an appointment with a librarian (audio/video Zoom appointments available), contact your subject librarian directly, or use our 24/7 chat service.    


Instructional Media Collections and Services (UCLA Center for the Advancement of Teaching)

UCLA's central resource for the collection and maintenance of instructional media; collection of several thousand videotapes, laserdiscs, DVDs, CD-ROMs, films, and slide/tape modules as well as selected department, media labs, and study center collections

IMCS is administered by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and the collection is funded for instructional on-campus use. Although many holdings are also listed in the UCLA Library Catalog, researchers can search the more up to date IMCS catalog available directly from their website. Students must use these videos on site, although some will be available for streaming via course reserves.

UCLA Film & Television Archive

The UCLA Film & Television Archive holds over 350,000 motion pictures and 170,000 television programs, spanning the entire course of film and broadcasting history. The collection includes independent and studio-produced shorts and feature films, documentaries, local and network TV programming, commercials, news and public affairs broadcasts, LGBTQIA media, and 27 million feet of newsreels produced between 1919 and 1971. 

The Archive's catalog of holdings is distinct from that of the Library, and can be accessed via their homepage. Not all of the Archive's holdings are listed in the catalog, so contacting the Archive Research and Study Center directly about holdings and access is recommended.

News and Public Affairs (NAPA) Collection - UCLA Film & Television Archive

UCLA Film & Television Archive’s News and Public Affairs (NAPA) Collection consists of over 100,000 news programs and broadcasts taped off air from 1979 to 2003.  This collection is separate from the Archive's main collection (which also includes news and public affairs programs).  NAPA broadcasts are searchable in a separate catalog, distinct from the Archive's main catalog. For more information, visit the Archive's NAPA webpage.

UCLA Library

Individual libraries at UCLA hold some selectively acquired audiovisual material. These libraries include: Music, East Asian, Biomedical, Law (for Law students only), Arts, YRL, and SRLF.