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Reserve Film and Video Collection:
The Library Catalog identifies all Reserve Film and Video Collection material as - Reserve Film and Video.
About the Collection:
The Reserve Film and Video Collection includes more than 6,000 16mm films, 5,000 VHS videocassettes, and 1,200 DVDs.
The New York Public Library began acquiring films in 1953, and established a film collection at the Donnell Library in 1958. The library began adding videos to the collection in the 1970s.
Since the collections inception, its primary focus has been on independently produced works. Careful selection practices have resulted in a collection that is impressive for its scope and depth and its overall high quality. The collection's holdings provide a very broad spectrum of both subject matter and filmmaking styles and genres. It is unique among American public libraries, and is comparable to archives held within major American museums and universities.
Particular strengths of the collection are its political, social and cultural documentaries; experimental films; video art; animation; short fictional works; and films and videos created by and for children and young adults.
The Reserve Film and Video Collection also offers an impressive array of over 800 feature films in all formats, including works from the silent era; independently produced features; a broad representation of world cinema; and Hollywood productions from American classics to recent releases.
Use of Collection:
Individuals may also view Reserve Film and Video Collection material on site by appointment. Appointments may be made at the 2nd floor Reference Desks or by calling (212) 870-1741.
Users must complete a one-time registration form (.pdf) before borrowing Reserve Film and Video Collection material. Access to the collection is available only through advance reservation. Reservations to view or borrow material must be made at least one week in advance. Reservations may be made in person or by telephone.
The book collections focus on the historical development and progression of both film and video; film/video direction and production; screenplays; film/video genres; national cinemas; biographies; and indexes to film literature. All reference books are non-circulating, and must be consulted on site.
Periodicals and Newsletters: