A primary function of the Film Study Center is to provide films and videos for classroom instruction and individual research.
35mm and 16mm film prints in the Film Study Center collection are available for Yale class screenings as well as for loans to qualified institutions. Those interested in screening, borrowing, or otherwise accessing prints from the collection should contact Archive & Special Collections Manager Brian Meacham via email.
For FSC Blu-rays, DVDs, VHS tapes, LaserDiscs, and screenplays, the standard loan periods are two weeks for Yale faculty and one week for Yale students, staff, and other eligible borrowers. The loan period for items on reserve for courses is three hours, with exceptions made for the instructor who placed the reservation request. Faculty can have up to 20 FSC items checked out at a time, while the limit for other borrowers is 10 FSC items. General information on borrowing—including information on late fees and charges for lost or damaged items—can be found in the Yale University Library Borrowing Guide. To dispute fees or charges, please submit this form. Media from the collection may also be viewed onsite at the FSC.
A valid Yale ID is required to enter and/or borrow from the Film Study Center. Special arrangements can be made in advance for visiting scholars seeking to access FSC materials onsite.
Please note that, in conformance with copyright law, screenings advertised and/or open to the public are not permitted, unless public performance rights are included with the purchase of the item (indicated in the item record in the online catalog) or the exhibitor obtains public performance rights from the studio or distributor. Proof of public performance authorization must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Film Study Center prior to any public screening of Film Study Center media.