Borrowing Films

The film collections are open to all those studying and teaching film in the Faculties of English and Modern Languages, as well as those using film to support other courses/research across the University.

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

Finding films on SOLO

All DVDs and videocassettes are catalogued on SOLO. To find a film in the EFL, search for the title on SOLO and select 'Audio Visual' from the 'All items' drop down menu and English Faculty Library from the 'All libraries/collections' drop down list. (N.B. Film titles in SOLO have a 'Video' icon next to their title, this applies to all film formats e.g. DVD as well as videocassette)

For more information, please read our Using SOLO to find Film Studies material guide. When you know which videos/DVDs you would like to view, please note the shelfmarks and ask staff at the Issue Desk 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: 3
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: 3
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

Borrowing non-European format films (NTSC and Region 1)

Videos in NTSC (North American) formats and DVDs in Region 1 (North American) formats have been labelled with warning stickers. If you wish to borrow an item in North American format, please only do so if you are sure that your VCR/DVD player/PC is capable of playing these formats. Playing an NTSC video on a PAL VCR can result in damage to the tape. Any replacement costs will be charged.

Playing a Region 1 DVD on some European standard DVD players/PCs can result in damage to the machine. Readers borrow all EFL material at their own risk. Machines in the Faculty’s viewing room accept all standard formats, including North American NTSC and DVD 1 and European PAL and DVD 2.

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