Guidelines for Viewing Films & Videotapes
Before Visiting the Library: Please be advised,
throughout this year portions of our collections will be briefly
inaccessible as items are moved to our new vaults in Culpeper,
VA. We will work to minimize any delays and disruptions. As always,
qualified researchers can telephone the Motion Picture and Television
Reading Room at (202) 707-8572, fax your request to (202) 707-2371,
or submit an email request through email@example.com. Be sure to include
the name and title of the items requested, the call numbers (if
possible), and personal contact information so we can confirm your
appointment, which should be made five to seven days in advance.
Patrons will still be able to use the Reading Room without appointment
to access the catalogs, reference books, archival collections,
microfiche, microfilm and other reference sources.
Before coming to the Motion Picture and Television Reading
Room for an appointment, researchers should obtain a Reader
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
1. Viewing facilities, which are available without charge, are
provided for those doing research of a specific nature leading
toward a publicly available work such as a dissertation, publication,
or film/television production. We regret that the facilities may
not be used for purely personal study or appreciation, nor in ways--such
as preview--that conflict with commercial distribution.
2. Graduate students and undergraduates in advanced classes wishing
to screen films should first obtain letters from their professors
endorsing their projects. The facilities may not be used to make
up missed classroom screenings, or to complete class assignments.
3. For preservation reasons, films may not be run in forward
or reverse at fast speed. Viewers may stop films and rewind scenes
at normal sound speed for note taking.
4. We are unable to accommodate groups. There is a limist of
two persons per machine. Both views must be involved in the research
5. All viewing is by advanced appointment. Because most of our
collections are stored in remote locations, an average wait of
one week should be expected.
6. Viewers submitting lengthy title lists to be searched by our
reference staff should expect a wait of two to three weeks. Lists
should be arranged in alphabetical order.
7. A maximum of three features, or their equivalent, may be viewed
in one day. For films of less than five minutes in length (e.g.,
Paper Prints), no more than fifty reels of material will be made
available on a single viewing date. For video formats, no more
than thirty items will be made available per day. Four consecutive
weeks of viewing time may be reserved.
8. Video cameras and tape recorders are not allowed in
room. Photographing images from the screen with still cameras for reference
purposes will be permitted only when authorized by our reference
9. Bear in mind that screening time is limited and must be scheduled.
Cancellation without sufficient notice tends to prevent others
from having access to the facilities. Please be considerate of
others in this regard.