Film & Video Collection

About the Collection


Located in the Morris Library on the Lower Level, the Film and Video Collection collects and maintains audiovisual materials, including over 25,000 programs in DVD, Blu-ray, VHS, and legacy formats. The Library also subscribes to streaming media databases, providing eVideo content in a variety of disciplines.  The collection is for use primarily in support of classroom teaching, curriculum, and research by University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff. It provides circulation services as well as viewing facilities to assist patrons in utilizing the audiovisual materials in the Library collection. Twenty-three individual and group viewing carrels are located within the Film and Video Collection service area. It also provides a film and video scheduling service for University of Delaware faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants for use in regularly scheduled University classes and for authorized programmatic functions.

The collection is available for viewing in the Film and Video Collection audiovisual carrels by users with University of Delaware ID cards, UD English Language Institute students, Delaware State University ID cards, Delaware Technical and Community College ID cards, or University of Delaware Library Public Borrower Cards. For information about checking media materials out of the Library, please see Circulation and Scheduling Policies.


Finding Films & Videos

The Film and Video Collection includes videotapes, DVDs (including Blu-Ray), video games, and 16mm films which span a wide range of disciplines.  It is a closed-stacks collection, which means media materials are not in a publicly accessible area and must be browsed using DELCAT Discovery.  Once you have identified titles of interest, staff will retrieve the items for you.  Some items (VHS and 16mm film) are housed in the Library Annex, an on-campus off-site storage facility.  These items may be requested via the Library Annex Request form, and will be delivered to the Film and Video Collection within one business day.  The requester will be contacted upon its arrival.

When searching DELCAT Discovery for Film and Video Collection items, 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. Below are several links that will help you browse the collection online.

Film Studies Research Guide (Finding Videos)

Film Finders (Award-winning and Critically-acclaimed Films)

Foreign Film Search Tips

New Additions to the Film and Video Collection


Scope of the Film & Video Collection

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 are video games acquired in support of coursework for PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo consoles.

The Film and Video Collection 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 staff with requests well in advance of anticipated use dates.  If a legal copy cannot be obtained, staff can assist instructors in finding other suitable materials.

The Film and Video Collection 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 & 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 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.  Explore some examples of these titles in the collection.

A catalog of the 16mm film collection is available for reference use in the Film and Video Collection. All of the 16mm films are housed in the Library Annex and may be accessed by contacting staff.  The Film and Video Collection has a viewing carrel equipped with a 16mm projector for individual use.


Audiovisual Carrels

Viewing and listening facilities for all materials in the Film and Video Collection are available in 23 audiovisual carrels, designed for both individual and group use. Equipment available for use in the carrels includes:

VHS players, international VHS (NTSC/PAL) players, DVD and Blu-ray players, international DVD players, gaming consoles (see below), a laserdisc player, a 16mm film viewer, 35mm slide viewers, compact disc players, audio cassette players, and a record player.


Video Game Collection

Consoles currently available for use in the Film and Video viewing carrels include PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, XBox 360, and Nintendo 64.  A small circulating collection of games in support of course instruction are available for circulation when not reserved for class use.  Instructors requiring assistance incorporating gaming materials into class instruction are invited to contact Film and Video Collection Librarian Meghann Matwichuk via the Ask Film & Video web form.

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