Access & Circulation

A primary function of the Yale Film Archive is to provide films and videos for classroom instruction and individual research.

For Blu-rays, DVDs, VHS tapes, LaserDiscs, and screenplays, circulation is possible by visiting our circulation desk on the 7th floor of Sterling Memorial Library, or by requesting delivery through Orbis or Quicksearch records for the desired items. General information on borrowingincluding information on late fees, loan periods, and charges for lost or damaged itemscan be found in the Yale University Library Borrowing Guide. To dispute fees or charges, please submit this form.

Faculty who want Teaching Assistants to check out items on their behalf must register those individuals as proxy borrowers with the Library Privileges office (note: items on Course Reserve can only be taken offsite by the instructors who reserved them and their designated proxies).

35mm and 16mm film prints in the Film Archive 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.

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 catalogue) 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 Yale Film Archive prior to any public screening of Film Archive media. 


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