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Moving Image Section--Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division






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James Madison Memorial Building, 3rd floor, room LM 336

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed weekends and federal holidays.

Address: Moving Image Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20540-4690

Telephone: 202 707-8572

Fax: 202 707-2371

Web site: <>

Access and use information for all Library of Congress reading rooms: For a brief overview on beginning research at the Library of Congress, see Planning Your Visit. To use any Library of Congress reading room, you must show a Library-issued reader identification card (see Reader Registration). For detailed explanations of each reading room and general Library procedures, consult the Library's Web site at <>.

Access and use for the Motion Picture and Television Reading Room: Viewing facilities, available without charge, are provided for those doing research of a specific nature leading toward a publicly available work such as a dissertation, publication, or film or television production. Graduate students and undergraduates in advanced classes wishing to screen films should first obtain letters from their professors endorsing their individual research projects. All viewing is by advance appointment. Because most of our collections are stored in remote locations, you can expect an average wait of ten days after requesting a film before it is available for viewing. Viewers submitting lengthy title lists to be searched by our reference staff should expect a wait of three to four weeks. Materials in the moving image collections are not available for rental. Copies of works not restricted by copyright or by provisions of gift or transfer, and in sound physical condition, may be purchased through the division's Public Services Office. You will find additional information on the division's services and facilities on the Motion Picture and Television Reading Room Web site.

A high percentage of the moving image material held by the Library has been collected in original production formats that are now obsolete and require preservation or copying to modern viewing formats before the works can be made available to researchers. The Motion Picture and Television Reading Room strives to meet all requests for viewing copies in a timely manner, but you should be aware that limited preservation funds and the difficulties inherent in preserving and restoring obsolete film and video materials may add significantly to the time required to produce access copies. Under special circumstances, researchers may be required to pay a portion of preservation costs. Contact the division in advance of a research visit for further information regarding access to such materials.

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