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Film and Video Collections

A guide to audio-visual media collections at UCLA.

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Instructional Media Collections and Services (IMCS)

UCLA's central resource for the collection and maintenance of instructional media. The collection includes several thousand videotapes, laserdiscs, DVDs, and other media as well as selected department, media lab, and study center collections.

IMCS is funded for instructional on-campus use. Although most holdings are also listed in UC Library Search, researchers can search the more up to date IMCS catalog available directly from their website. Students must use these videos on site at the Instructional Media Lab, although some are 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. 

Not all of the Archive's holdings are listed in the public 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. Most DVD/VHS titles held by these library locations are circulating.