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Services we provide
Research assistance related to film and television
Answers to queries requiring resources unique to the Library of Congress
Response within 5 business days

Services we cannot provide
Subject research for stock footage
Copying of most films and videos in our collection

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Archival/Stock Footage - Commercials - Public Domain Films - Purchasing Moving Image Materials
Researching LC Moving Image Holdings - Viewing Appointments

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Motion Picture and Television Reading Room Web page

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Also, try consulting these online resources:
Library of Congress Online Catalog to search for some of the films and videos at the Library of Congress.
National Archives Catalog to search for U.S. government films/videos in the public domain.
Internet Movie Database provides information on films including credits, plot summary, box office, and reviews. provides global keyword search capabilities for numerous commercial stock, archival and news footage collections.
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    May 22, 2003