Access and Loan Policy

Use of the Center and its collections is limited to enrolled students, faculty and staff of the University of Chicago and approved researchers.

SPRING 2021 UPDATE: The Film Studies Center viewing rooms and circulation desk remain closed but we are making an effort to provide materials to instructors and researchers.  If you have had access to the FSC collection in the past, please contact us to set up remote checkout.  Patrons may check out items by appointment.
Email your request and we will make an appointment to deliver your package outside the door of Cobb Hall.

Search the FSC catalog.

Guidelines for using the study collection

The FSC's study collection may be used for face-to-face classroom instruction and individual study.  Most patrons are required to watch films on-site in the FSC's viewing rooms.  Faculty and lecturers may borrow items for classroom use except for those designated as ON RESERVE in the catalog. The Film Studies Center does not own the copyright to any materials in the collection and by loaning them does not give or imply permission for public presentation.

Access for Faculty, Students, & Staff

  • Sign up in person at the Center in Cobb Hall 306.
  • Present valid UC ID when checking out materials.  Registration must be renewed annually.
  • Patrons are assigned borrowing privileges according to their university status as outlined below.

Access for Researchers

  • Researchers wishing to access the FSC study collection may contact the Assistant Director by email.  Access requests should include a brief description of the research project, proposed study dates, and the researcher's institutional affiliation.

Please note that titles designated as ON RESERVE in the catalog are available for use ONLY within the FSC facility.

If you are: Access to the study collection is:
Undergraduate student on site only
Graduate student on site only
Staff on site only
UC Lecturer 24 hours off site
UC Faculty 24 hours off site
Faculty teaching in FSC 1 week off site
CMS Phd candidates 1 week off site
Researcher on site only

Print Loans

Film print loans are made on a case by case basis to festivals, museums, archives, and other eligible cultural organizations. Borrowers must be able to demonstrate a history of adherence to professional standards in projection and film handling practices.  The requesting organization will be asked to complete a venue report and formal loan request as well as provide proof of insurance.  Submit initial loan requests 6 weeks in advance of the screening date by email to the Assistant Director.