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Film Studies

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The Claire T. Carney Library has an excellent collection of film related books on the 3rd and 5th floors.

You're welcome (and encouraged) to browse books in person, but you also can plan ahead and see what our library and other libraries have from wherever you are (not to mention get access to ebooks). This page will help you with all of these approaches to finding books.

If there's a book you're interested in that we don't have, see the Interlibrary Loan tab for information on how to get it!

Reading Call Numbers

Here's a quick guide on how to read call numbers in our library (and most other academic libraries).

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the first line.

The first line is read in alphabetical order.

  • ex. This would be before the PQ's but after the PM's.

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the second line.

Read the second line in numerical order.

  • ex. This would be after PN 6746 and before PN 6747.1 or PN 6748.

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the third line.

The third line is tricky. Read the letter in alphabetical order then the number as a decimal.

  • ex. PN 6747 .S245 would come before PN 6747 .S5, because .5 in decimal is really .500!

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the fourth line.

Sometimes the fourth line will look like this and you read it exactly like the other line.

  • ex. PN 6747 .S245 P4713 would come before PN 6747 .S245 P8, because .8 in decimal is really .800!

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the fifth line.

When you see a line near the bottom that looks like a year, it is a year! This goes in numerical order.

  • ex. If there was a book just like this except the date was 2003, it would go before the 2007 edition.

 

You could think of a call number like a detailed address in reverse: planet, country, state, city, street, street number. Each line helps you narrow down the book's exact location!

Finding Books in Our Library

Use the search box below to run a quick search for books, or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching. 

 

Finding Books We Don't Have

Browsing the Stacks for Film Books

Photograph of the seats in the 46th Street Theater.
Larry Racioppo, 46th Street Theater, 1998-2001, still image, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm),
New York Public Library, https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/b153a765-7e72-f909-e040-e00a18062ff0.


Our library uses the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to organize our books. If you know a little bit about what the call numbers stand for, you can browse the stacks more efficiently.

Here are some relevant call numbers for Film Studies and what they mean.

 

3rd Floor:

PN - Literature (General)

PN 1993-1999 - Motion pictures
 

5th Floor:

TR - Photography

TR 845-899 - Cinematography. Motion pictures