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Most videos at Yale are in the Film Study Center (FSC), located in the Whitney Humanities Center at 53 Wall St. The Film Study Center's database provides a number of easy ways to locate its films, but doesn't cover films in Bass or other Yale libraries. Please note that the FSC is not Yale's video store: it supports the academic study of films. Its use and loan policies aim to preserve that role.
Several other libraries also have videos, including Sterling Memorial Library, the Divinity Library, the Music Library, and the Arts Library. These videos are listed in Orbis; the majority are documentaries or provide instructional support, rather than videos of feature films.
To find videos at Yale, you can use several methods:
The Library supports the Statement of Best Practices for Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators, developed by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Best Video (Hamden, CT)
Best Video has one of the most extensive rental video collections in the country.
DocuSeek is a search site for independent, documentary, educational and social issue video and films.
Facets Video is one of the country's largest distributors of art, classic, cult, foreign and hard-to-find videos. The Facets Video Library has tens of thousands of titles available for either purchase or rental.
Although the website is based in (and funded by) the UK, FindAnyFilm.com provides information about the availability of films from across the globe in all formats, such as whether a film is out in Blu-Ray or can be downloaded. The service can also alert you when a format is available (or available in the UK, at least).
WorldCat is a "union catalog" showing the holdings of thousands of libraries in the US and some abroad. It allows one to limit a search to videos either by selecting "Visual Materials" as a format from the Advanced Search screen, or by doing a Basic Search and then selecting the "Visual" tab.
Use these resources to locate film and video collections, film stills and photos, archival and manuscript collections, and other primary source film materials.