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Film Studies: Borrowing films

A short guide to Bodleian Libraries' resources for Film Studies
Subjects: English, Film Studies

Finding films on SOLO

All films are catalogued on SOLO. To find a film, search for the title on SOLO and select 'Audio Visual' from the 'All items' drop down menu. (N.B. Film titles in SOLO have a 'Video' icon next to their title; this applies to all film formats.)

For more information, please read our Using SOLO to find Film Studies material guide. DVD collections are closed access in both the English Faculty and Taylor Institution Libraries (with the exception of German and Italian film, situated in cabinets on the first floor of the Taylor Teaching Collection). When you know which films you would like to view, please note the shelfmarks and ask staff at the Issue Desk in the relevant library for the films.

Loan procedures

The following loan procedures for films were standardised and implemented at both the English Faculty Library and the Taylor Institution Modern Languages Faculty Library in Summer 2006, following consultation with students and academic staff:

Students (undergraduates and postgraduates)

Loan allowance: 4 films (DVDs/videos)
Loan period (term-time): 2 nights (late fines of £1 per day per film)
Renewals: 2
Reservations allowed: Yes [n.b. reserved films will be held for 2 days]
Vacation loans: End of Michaelmas term: vacation borrowing starts Friday 8th week
End of Hilary term: vacation borrowing starts Friday 9th week
End of Trinity term: no vacation borrowing over the summer (although films may be borrowed over any library closed periods)

Academic Staff and MSt Film Aesthetics postgraduates

Loan allowance: 6 films (DVDs/videos)
Loan period (term-time): 1 week (late fines of £1 per day per film)
Renewals: 2
Reservations allowed: Yes [n.b. reserved films will be held for 2 days]
Vacation loans: End of Michaelmas term: vacation borrowing starts Friday 8th week
End of Hilary term: vacation borrowing starts Friday 9th week
End of Trinity term: vacation borrowing starts Friday 8th week

Please note that films may only be borrowed for educational purposes, and that commercial copyright regulations strictly forbid the copying of DVDs and videos.

Borrowing non-European format films

DVDs in which are not in Region 2 (European) formats have been labelled with warning stickers. If you wish to borrow an item in Region 1 (North American) format, or any other non-Region 2 format, please only do so if you are sure that your DVD player/PC is capable of playing these formats. Playing a non-Region 2 DVD on some European standard DVD players/PCs can result in damage to the machine. Readers borrow material at their own risk.