Service from a Distance
Catalogs and Electronic Access
- There is no comprehensive catalog to the Motion Picture & Television
Reading Room's holdings of more than 650,000 moving image items.
In addition to the Library's Online Catalog, there are various
manual catalogs and automated databases that can only be searched
in our reading room.
- Offsite researches should start with the Library's Online Catalog.
Search strategies for identifying moving image material. Descriptions
of some holdings not represented in the Online Catalog can be
found through published catalogs and collection guides and finding
- Digital copies and descriptions of several hundred historical
films from our collections can be accessed on the Library's American
Limited service is available by mail, fax, email, and telephone
- The Division's collections are archival in nature and are made
available chiefly for serious research on our own premises. We
may be able to provide copies of some items in our collections
but only if copyright, preservation, or donor restrictions allow.
- Most of our holdings have not been fully cataloged and are
accessible primarily by title. The reference staff cannot conduct
lengthy subject searches, produce long lists of films, select
images, nor undertake extensive research projects. When these
services are required, a list of freelance searchers in the Washington,
DC area is supplied.
- The Division participates in the Ask a Librarian service,
which provides an online form for sending reference staff questions
about our collections and services (URL:http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-mopic.html)