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Film: Books & Films

Bloomsbury Screen Studies

Key Shelf Numbers for Film Books

This table will help you find the key shelf numbers in the library for books on film and television.

 070.18  Documentary film 791.430973

 American cinema

 302.2345  Television and popular culture  791.433  Animation
 384.54  Broadcasting  791.4352  Musicals
 384.55  Television industries  791.43615  Science fiction films
 725.8230941  Cinema Buildings, Great Britain  791.43616  Horror films
 778.5  Cinematography  791.43617  Comedy films
 778.535  Editing, film  791.43655  Film noir
 782.85  Music in film  791.4372  Screenplays
 791.43  Film, general  791.45  Television genres
 791.4301  Film theory, criticism  791.450232  Television, Production, Directing
 791.43015  Genres, film  791.456  Television Drama, Reality
 791.430232  Production, film  808.225  Writing for television
 791.430233  Directors, film  808.23  Screenwriting
 791.43025  Set Design, film    
 791.43026  Costume design    
 791.43028  Actors / Actresses    
 791.4309  History of cinema    
 791.430941  British cinema    
 791.430944  French Cinema    

How to find a film!

1. Check Kanopy - they have thousands of films. It's like Netflix, but free for you to use with your university username & password.

2. Check BoB - if the film has been shown on a major TV channel, it may have been recorded and uploaded on their database.

3. Check Library Search - type in the name of the film, then using the filters on the left-hand side, refine by resource type: DVDs. You will be left with online results from Kanopy, as well as physical DVDs on the library shelves.

3. Check BFI Player - they have a 'free tier' with a limited number of films to watch for free.

4. Ask your librarian - we may be able to buy it or suggest another resource for you.

Finding Films in the DVD Collection

The DVD collection is on the 1st Floor Wing of the Library and consists of feature films, documentaries and recordings of television programmes. DVDs can be borrowed for 7 days and can be automatically renewed in the same way as your books.

Go to Library Search and enter the title of the film you want to see if we have it in stock

Foreign films are shelved under their original title not the English translation.

The general shelf number for feature films is 791.4372 and for television programmes is 791.4572.

Watch DVDs on the Library PCs

Did you know that you can watch DVDs on the library's PCs if you don't have a player at home?

Just launch VLC Player via Apps Anywhere and insert the DVD into the drive on the right-hand side of the screen.

Remember to use headphones to avoid disturbing others.


Suggest a Book

Pile of books

Please complete the suggestion form in this link  for any book or DVD you want to recommend for the library