Centers: Film Study Center

Curricular Support

The Yale Film Study Center provides a range of curricular support services, which are offered free of charge to all departments in the University. The information below is intended primarily for faculty.


The Film Study Center collection includes thousands of titles from over 150 countries, spanning the history of film. If we do not have a film needed for a course or for faculty research, we will make every effort to acquire it. Please submit all requests via our Acquisition Request Form. Due to a high demand for acquisitions and the difficulty of sourcing some titles, it is strongly recommended that requests for course-related materials are submitted by August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for Summer Session, though requests are accepted and processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. Decisions regarding acquisitions are based upon academic needs as well as restrictions of budget, with priority given to current-year courses.



Faculty may request to place Film Study Center material on Closed Reserve at the FSC. Closed Reserves are for the entire semester. Only the faculty member making the reservation can take Closed Reserve items offsite during that period, but students and other members of the Yale community can watch the media onsite in our screening rooms or booths. Closed Reservations may only be made at the FSC Circulation Desk. Please allow at least two business days for the reservation to be processed. Course screening lists should be submitted by August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for Summer Session

Faculty’s personally-owned media can be placed on Closed Reserve as well, though leaving rare or one-of-a-kind material is not recommended. Please bring the media to the FSC Circulation Desk for assistance.



The Film Study Center, Classroom Technology & Event Services (CT&ES), and academic departments work together to facilitate course screenings. Course screening lists should be submitted by August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for Summer Session. Late requests will be processed as time permits, but cannot be guaranteed. Detailed information on screenings can be found on our Screening Reservations page, but if you have any questions about the process, please contact Archer Neilson (203.432.0149).



While classrooms with screening capabilities are located throughout campus, some faculty prefer to hold their classes at the Film Study Center. The FSC houses two screening rooms: B-20 (seating capacity: 25) and B-21 (seating capacity: 15). To reserve a weekly class time, contact the FSC’s Archer Neilson (203.432.0149). To arrange occasional or one-off screenings in either room, contact the FSC Circulation Desk (203.432.0148).