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Library & Learning Commons: Film Resources


The Library & Learning Commons houses a comprehensive collection of films from around the world. This collection primarily supports the Humanities disciplines of English, Film and Modern Languages. A film viewing reservation can be made by phone, email or in person at the Library & Learning Commons help and information desk. All films are shelved in the Film collection area of the Library & Learning Commons.

Viewing a film

  • If you wish to view a film, collect it from the open shelves and take it to the help and information desk with your University ID card.

Modern Language films

Our modern language films are shelved within this sequence. They are clearly identified by coloured labels on their spines, the colour denoting the language, as follows:

Language    Colour
French    Red
German Green
Spanish Yellow
World Cinema (all other languages) Blue


Film reservations

How do I reserve a film viewing?

  •  Simply ask (phone or email) the staff at the loans desk who will reserve a slot for you.

Do I have to reserve in advance to watch a film?

  •  You do not have to reserve in advance to watch a film. However, reserving a film will ensure it is available to view at the time of your choice.

What if I need to watch a film with another student?

  •  A number of our viewing stations have multiple viewing facilities where up to 3 people can watch the screen at any one time. We recommend you reserve your viewing in advance if you want to use this facility.

New Films

  • Frances Ha
  • Gravity
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Stuart Hall Project
  • Upstream Color
  • Ginger and Rosa

BoB National - over 1 million programmes available online

Box of Broadcasts (otherwise known as BoB National) is an online off-air TV and radio recording service which enables you to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ Freeview channels. All programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across other UK universities.   You can create clips to use in presentations and compile playlists of your favourite programmes to share with others. 

See FAQs for more information.