About the Collection
Located in the Morris Library on the Lower Level, the Film & 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 over 100,000 programs in eVideo format 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 & 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 & 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.
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 & 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 & 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 & Video Collection Viewing Room, which can be scheduled for class use.
The Film & Video Collection has some 2500 16mm academic films which are available for viewing by University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff. To explore descriptions of these films online, you may view a PDF of a section of Film & Video’s legacy 16mm film catalog. (This section contains descriptions of the films’ content in title order. Consult print versions for the topic and title indexes.) All films are cataloged in DELCAT, but may not include content descriptions available via this resource. Please note: this documentation may include information about films no longer available via the UD Library. For help ascertaining the availability of these resources, please Ask Film & Video.
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 & Video Collection. All of the 16mm films are housed in the Library Annex and may be accessed by contacting staff. The Film & Video Collection has a viewing carrel equipped with a 16mm projector for individual use.
Viewing and listening facilities for all materials in the Film & 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, audio cassette players, and a record player.
Consoles currently available for use in the Film & Video viewing carrels include PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, XBox 360, Nintendo 64, RetroN 5, and WiiU. 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 & Video Collection Librarian Meghann Matwichuk via the Ask Film & Video web form.