Purpose of Collection:

The Film Studies collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Film Studies is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Cultural Mediations, Music, Art History, Journalism, Communication & Media Studies, and Digital Humanities.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Film Studies Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Film History
  • National Cinema
  • Genre Studies
  • Auteur Theory and Authorship
  • Formalism
  • Ideology
  • Animation
  • Cinematography
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Film Industry and Festivals
  • Film Music
  • Video Games
  • Philosophy
  • Archival Theory and Practice

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


All countries and regions included.


English language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Works in other languages will not be routinely collected, but will be acquired through faculty and student requests.


  • Books
  • Films
  • Journals
  • Games


No material is explicitly excluded, however some material, as stated above, will only be collected by faculty request

Additional Collection Information

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