Centers: Film Study Center

Access & Circulation

Eligibility

The primary mission of the Film Study Center is to provide films and videos for classroom instruction and individual research. All members of the Yale community with a Yale ID card are welcome to view any DVD, Blu-ray, or VHS tape in the collection onsite, in one of our screening rooms or individual booths, and to read screenplays in our study area. However, loans of items in the collection for use offsite are restricted to current Yale faculty, teaching assistants, and students. To use the collection, you must apply for borrowing privileges at the Film Study Center. You must have a valid Yale ID.

Advance reservations are encouraged to ensure that the titles you wish to see are available. Call 203.432.0148.

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.

Please note that, in conformance with copyright law, screenings advertised and/or open to the public (outside of classroom showings) are not permitted, unless public performance rights are included with the purchase of the item (indicated on our database) 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.

Number of Items and Loan Periods

Faculty

  • Eligibility: year-round
  • Loan period: two weeks
  • Renewals are possible if no one else has reserved the item
  • Maximum number of items allowed out at one time: 10
  • Borrower is responsible for replacement costs of lost or damaged items

Closed Reserve: DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and VHS tapes may be placed on Closed Reserve within the Film Study Center. During the duration of the closed reserve, items may not be checked out by anyone other than the faculty member, and others must view the item onsite only. Closed reserve request forms are available for faculty at the Film Study Center.

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

  • Eligibility: only during the academic term in which you are a teaching assistant. 
  • Loan period: one week
  • Renewals are possible if no one else has reserved the item
  • Maximum number of items allowed out at one time: 4
  • Late fees: $3.00 per item for each working day overdue. For late fees: Sunday counts as a working day.
  • Required to have a Yale Charge Account for Miscellaneous Charges. (Not required for summer TAs.)
  • Borrower is responsible for replacement costs of lost items

STUDENTS (UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE)

  • Eligibility: only during the year in which you are enrolled in Yale courses. 
  • Loan period: One week
  • Renewals are possible if no one else has reserved the item. 
  • Maximum number of items allowed out at one time: 4
  • Late fees: $3.00 per item for each working day overdue. For late fees, Sunday counts as a working day.
  • Required to have a Yale Charge Account for Miscellaneous Charges. (Not required for summer students.) 
  • Borrower is responsible for replacement costs of lost items

Renewals

Extensions of the loan period may be considered depending on availability and advance reservations. Loan renewals may be requested by calling the Film Study Center (203.432.0148) on the due date well before closing time. Or, you can renew online by logging in with your Yale NetID and Password. If your renewal is not approved, you will receive an automatic message requesting that you return the item before close of the Film Study Center on the due date. Failure to return the item will result in a Late Fee (Teaching Assistants and Students only), so it highly advisable to renew well before closing time.

Note: VHS (R)-Restricted videotapes; DVD (R)-Restricted DVDs; Blu-ray (R)-Restricted Blu-ray discs; and Laserdiscs are not available for circulation to students. These items are circulated only to classes, faculty, and teaching assistants. Students are welcome to view the Restricted items at the Film Study Center.

VHS (REF) and DVD (REF) are not available for circulation to anyone, including classes and faculty; these must be viewed at the Film Study Center. This was stipulated by the companies from which we obtained the films.