Film & Video Collection

Most spaces in the Library on floors Ground, 1 & 2 will be open to SF State faculty, students and staff for Fall Semester 2021 starting Monday, August 16, 2021. Please be prepared to show the GHG Ambassador the green dot for your daily health screening.

Please see our guide to how to access our services and collections and contact us with any questions you may have here.

Streaming media is available. Only physical digital or analog items currently in the Library Retrieval System (LRS) can be requested.

The Library's large film and video collection includes Hollywood features, foreign features, instructional programs and more. Media formats include: DVDs, videotapes, videodiscs, 16mm film and streaming. For more information, please visit the library's Collection Development Policy.

Using the Collection

Most titles on physical media can be checked out by faculty, students and staff from Media & Classroom Support on the Ground floor. Media can be viewed in the Media Viewing / Group Study area on the 2nd floor or outside the Library. Additional film and video holdings can be found in the Bay Area Television Archives, housed in Special Collections and Archives on the 4th floor.

To find films in OneSearch, use Refine my results to select Audio Visual in the Format facet. 

Streaming Media

Note that not all streaming media available through the Library is viewable on mobile devices. 

Contact Information

For subject-specific collection questions, contact a Library Liaison.