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Film Studies: Books & Films


GIL-Find: GIL-Find is the UGA Libraries' catalog for locating books, ebooks, plays, print journals, and media in the Main Library, Science Library, and Special Collections. GIL-Find also lets you search (and borrow from) the other libraries in the University System of Georgia -- just change the search option from "University of Georgia" to "University System of Georgia." When searching by subject, keep in mind that the Library of Congress cataloging system uses the phrase  "motion pictures" to describe films with a few exceptions ("silent films," "documentary films"). 

ebrary and Ebsco ebooks: The UGA Libraries' major -- but not only--sources for ebooks. Our ebooks are included in GIL-Find, too. For help viewing and downloading ebooks, see this guide.

WorldCat: A shared catalog of books owned by libraries worldwide, although mostly in North America, Great Britain, and Western Europe. Use the Advanced Search to search by subject. Can't get the book at UGA? See your options here.

Google Books and HathiTrust: Although not traditional library catalogs, Google Books and HathiTrust are projects that digitized print collections in a number of major university libraries. Both are useful in mining the contents of books on library shelves. Some of the books are out of copyright and may be read online. Others are still within copyright and can only be viewed in snippets, but you may still search for keywords within them. Once you've identified a book you need, if it's not available online click on 'Find in a library' or search GIL-Find.

Films & TV Shows


The Media Department in the basement of the Main Library allows students to check out up to three DVDs and/or videos from their commercial collection for three days. Not all items can be checked out, so call them to verify. 

To see what films the library owns, go to GIL-Find and change the search scope from "University of Georgia" to "Main Library - Media" before doing a search for a film. You can also browse the Media Desk catalog by genre or language.


Films on Demand: The Libraries have this entire collection, and they are listed in the GIL Find catalog.

Kanopy: The Libraries have licensed some Kanopy films. Films already licensed may be viewed immediately. If we have not paid for a film, you will be directed to a brief request form where you can explain why you need the film. The Media Department  will strive to meet all requests for classroom or research use within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). Most Kanopy licenses expire after one year. If you plan on screening a film for a class, please contact the Media Department in advance to confirm the film will be available on the date needed.

Other than Kanopy, most major streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime do not work with libraries. If you are trying to find out which platform has your film, try the following:

JustWatch: Find mainstream films on a wide array of platforms available to U.S. viewers.

Telescope Film: Find international films on U.S. platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Kanopy, Google Play and others.

Other sources of streaming media are listed in our Audiovisual Guide.

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