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Video, Audio & Images: Video & Film

Locating film, audio, and images

Films & TV Shows on DVD/Blu-Ray/VHS

The Media Desk in the basement of the Main Library allows UGA students, faculty, and staff to check out videos from their collection of commercially distributed motion pictures, television, and radio programs. Not all items can be checked out, so call them at 706-542-7360 to verify. 

Individuals not affiliated with the University of Georgia cannot check out videos but all library patrons may use materials at the Media Desk. The Media Department has viewing stations for DVDs, Blu-Ray, videocassettes, laser discs, and international DVDs.

To see what films the library owns, search in our GIL-Find catalog and then click on the format 'Visual' on the left-hand menu to limit your results to media formats. You can also browse by genre/language in the Media Desk Catalog.

Streaming Video

Off-campus use of these resources requires UGA login:

Films on Demand 
Offers streaming video for over 7,000 educational films in the arts & humanities, social sciences, business & economics, health & medicine, and science & mathematics as well as a collection of United Newsreels. Films are broken into segments for easy viewing.

Documentaries that address issues in the fields of Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Gender Studies. UGA has access to a small subset of the Kanopy collection.

Birds of North America Online 
Contains full descriptions of the bird species of North America. There are images, sound files, and video clips associated with most birds in the database.


These resources are freely available to all users:

Digital Public Library of America
DPLA has a growing collection of moving images, mostly historical documentary, from libraries across the U.S. including UGA's Brown Media Archives. For more about other collections in the Brown Media Archives, see below.

British Pathé 
Newsreels from 1896-1976 including footage from the UK and worldwide on major events, people, culture, sport, and trends with extensive coverage of the First and Second World Wars.

Video Archives

The Walter J. Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection is housed in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Building. Their collection currently includes more than 250,000 titles in film, video, audiotape, transcription disks, and other recording formats dating from the 1920s to the present. Among the major video collections:

The Peabody Awards Collection includes almost every entry since 1948 for television. Entries may be viewed onsite in the Special Collection Library, although some of the entries can be viewed online.  Search the Peabody Awards database.

The Brown Media Archive has several newsfilm collections, most significantly the WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection which includes raw footage from Atlanta's first television station between 1949-1981. Entries may be viewed onsite in the Special Collection Library, although some of the entries can be viewed online. Search the Newsfilm database.

The Home & Amateur Movies Collection features film and video taken by amateurs showing daily life, vacations, and events ranging from a plantation baseball game to aftermath of the 1936 Gainesville tornado.

For research assistance, contact the Media Archives at


Looking to create your own film? See the guide "Documentaries" with sections on finding clips and available equipment and software on campus.

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