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BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE: BFI NATIONAL LIBRARY


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Description
The BFI National Library provides access to the world’s largest collection of information on film and television. As a major national research collection, the main priority is to provide comprehensive coverage of British film and television, but the collection is international in scope. The Library collects books, pamphlets, periodicals and other printed materials, as well as published resources on microfilm and electronic media. The purpose of the collection is to provide a major resource to meet the widest range of information, research and study needs relating to all aspects of the moving image (film, television - regardless of delivery method - video, video games, interactive multimedia, virtual reality); as culture and as industry, as social indicator and influence.
Artefact description
The BFI National Library offers access to the world’s largest collection of information on film and television. Its holdings include over 59,000 books, 5,000 periodical titles and over two million newspaper cuttings.
Website
www.bfi.org.uk/filmtvinfo/library
Keywords
Cinema; Media studies; Television
Access
The BFI National Library’s collection is accessible to all Pass holders and annual members. Users need to buy daily, weekly or annual passes for the Reading Room, and annual passes for the Special Collections room. A charge is made for many of our information services. Opening Hours Monday 10:30 - 17:30 Tuesday 10:30 - 20:00 Wednesday 13:00 - 20:00 Thursday 10:30 - 20:00 Friday 10:30 - 17:30
Access for outsiders
Yes
Charges
Yes. Scale of charges leaflet available.
Copyright
BFI holds rights to BFI-published materials only.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
c. 60,000
Datasets
500,000 title records; 750,000 personalities records; 1 million periodical references.
Journals
6,000 titles, of which 250 are currently received.
Manuscripts
See separate entry
Newspapers
2.1 million cuttings (estimate); reviews, obituaries, festivals, subjects, etc. Film and name cuttings held on microjacket (fiche).
Sound
1,500
Still Images
See separate entry for British Film Institute Special Collections.
Theses
Substantial holdings: not counted separately from books.
Video/Film
See entry for National Film and Television Archive.

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Animation
The Library has a modest collection of Flick Books which are probably date from the 1950s’ and 1960s
Documents
The Library holds collections of some of the above, some in quite large numbers, especially in its Special Collections. (eg.25,000 unpublished scripts, 25,000 pressbooks); Contracts; Catalogues; Correspondence; Diaries, unpublished memoirs etc; Lobby cards; Equipment manuals; Scripts and treatments; Storyboards; Personal papers; Photographs; Promotional literature; Ephemera
Toys & Games
BFI National Archives holds some video and computer games but this would be long out of print games collected in the 1990s.; Video games, computer games

Catalogues

Computerised database
BFI Film and Television Database at http://www.bfi.org.uk/filmtvinfo/ftvdb/ BFI National Library Book Catalogue at http://www.bfi.org.uk/filmtvinfo/library/catalogue.html
Library OPAC
Yes. OLIB for books etc: Z39.50.
Related website
www.bfi.org.uk/filmtvinfo/library (Includes information about collections, and database of films for children.)
Card catalogue
Index to 19,000 unpublished scripts.
Digitised catalogue
Under consideration.

Additional Information

Artefact notes
AACR2 MARC

Main Contact

Name
Mr. David Sharp
Job title
Deputy Head (User Services)
Department
BFI National Library
Telephone
020 7957 4806
Fax
020 7436 2338
Email
david.sharp@bfi.org.uk
Address
British Film Institute
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T ILN

Alternate Contact

Telephone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 7950
Email
library@bfi.org.uk

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