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Film Services


Film Services, in Library Film & Image Services, Room D205E.


See Library Hours.  Hours may vary during breaks and summer.

Moving Image Collections

The Teaching Collection supports the curriculum of all six CalArts schools with a focus on:  

  •  Animation, documentary, experimental and independent film, and film studies    
  •  Contemporary art, artists videos, and performance
  •  Dance, music and theater performance

Faculty and students may contact your subject specialist librarian to make purchase requests.

Other Moving Image Collections include:

  •  Student, faculty and alumni films and documented performances
  •  CalArts history including events, visiting artist and filmmakers lectures, and other recorded activities.

Access and Borrowing

To find collection items use the online Library Catalog.

Loan Policies

Faculty may borrow most media for 1 week.   Staff for 3 days.  Students, alumni, and guest researchers may view items  in the Film Services viewing area.  CAP instructors, please see the CAP access policy or contact the Film Services Manager.  

Collection items are not interlibrary loaned to other institutions.


Faculty, please contact Film Services Manager or Visual Arts Librarian at least one week prior to screening a film from our collection.  Special Collection films may be screened only in the Bijou Theater.


For evening and weekend use, request videotapes at the Film Services Circulation staff before 5 pm Monday-Friday.  Videotapes will be paged and put on the Hold shelf for you. 

A/V Equipment Carts and Projectors

Faculty and staff may borrow A/V carts and projectors for one class period.  Contact Film Services Circulation staff to reserve.  See Film Services Viewing for more information.


Faculty may put Library or personal media on Reserve for one day to one month.  Request Library items at least two weeks in advance of your classroom screening.  Contact Film Services Circulation staff.

TA Authorization

Faculty must sign a TA Authorization form designating TAs each semester.  TAs may schedule and check out media and A/V carts and projectors for their faculty.  Faculty are responsible for all items checked out by their TAs. 

Bijou Theater

The Bijou seats 120 and may be scheduled for classes requiring multi-media projection; visiting artists / filmmakers screening and presentations; for groups largeer than 50; and for student and alumni screenings.  See Bijou Theater for more information.

Requests for Purchases

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make purchase requests.   Complete an online Purchase Request Form or contact your librarian.


All items in the collection are copyrighted.   The U.S. copyright law (Title 17, United States Code) governs the performance and display of copyrighted motion picture or audiovisual works.   It is assumed that items checked out will be used in accordance with current and standard copyright law.   Duplication without the written permission of the copyright owner is illegal.

For current copyright information, please see the Library Moving Image Copyright Policy.

For assistance, please contact:

Amy Basen
Film Services Manager

Karen Baxter
Visual Arts Librarian
Managing Librarian for Film & Image Services

Last edited by susan on Sep 09, 2015
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