Lilly Film & Video Collection

Find films

Search & find film in the banner at the top of this page. Get tips for searching the library's film collection. Browse highlights of the collection online in the Video Spotlight Archives. In Lilly's lobby browse the devilDVD collection of popular films and t.v. series.

Borrow films

View our loan policies. Our titles are housed in Lilly and at the Library Service Center (LSC); request titles from the LSC by searching in Books & Media. To request films for use in class, use our online request form, Place Items on Reserve.

View films

Don't have a DVD drive in your laptop? Borrow an external drive at the Lilly main desk.
Viewing carrels in Lilly Room 113 are also available; up to 4 may view a film simultaneously.
We have the following equipment:

  • 2 multi-region VCRs for viewing U.S. & international videocassettes
  • 6 codefree DVD players for viewing U.S. & international DVDs
  • 1 codefree bluray player
  • 1 LaserDisc player*
  • 1 U-Matic tape player for viewing 3/4" tapes*
  • 1 16mm projector*
    *To view materials on the laserdisc, u-matic or 16mm equipment, please contact Ken Wetherington at (919) 660-5989 at least 2 days in advance.

In some cases film screenings can also be booked in Room 103, the Lilly Training Room.  For information about the viewing equipment or to reserve Room 103 for a screening, contact Ken Wetherington by calling (919) 660-5989 or emailing If you require viewing options in a classroom outside of Lilly Library, please contact Trinity Arts & Sciences at 919-660-3088 or use this form.

About the Collection

Lilly Library's Film and Video Collection includes over 22 streaming video collections /  20,000 DVDs and blu-ray discs / 12,000 videocassettes / 600 LaserDiscs / 700 16mm films.

The Film and Video Collection is multidisciplinary and international in scope and supports the teaching and research on Duke's campus across disciplines and departments. It is composed of feature films, documentary films and shorts in the following formats: DVD / streaming video / videocassette (both VHS & U-matic) / LaserDisc / 16mm film.

Core areas of strength of the collection include:
animation/Japanese anime / dance / documentary / Early/Silent Era / experimental/avant-garde / international films from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia & Western Europe / LGBT /science fiction / Southern Americana / women's studies

Film & Video Research

  • Learn more about film & video resources (books, databases and other Internet resources). 
  • For questions, purchase suggesstions or to schedule a research consultation, please contact the Librarian for Film, Video & Digital Media Danette Pachtner.
Phone: (919) 660-5886
108 Lilly Library