Film Holdings


FILMS ON RESERVE: Social work-related films on VHS and DVD are held at the Social Work Library Reserves Desk. These materials are available to holders of currently valid CU IDs. The loan period for these materials is 2 hours for students and 3 days for faculty (for reviewing and classroom use).  Student borrowers may view these films on the media viewing stations in the Social Work Library.

USING FILMS IN CLASS: Faculty may call the library's main number at 212-851-2194 or send email to to reserve films for classroom use.  Please be sure to provide the title(s) of the film(s) and the date(s) for which they are needed. Library staff will hold films for you in the library, or make alternate arrangements to get them to you prior to your class, if necessary.

ONLINE FILM COLLECTIONS: Columbia Libraries also subscribes to the following online subscription databases that contain full length documentary, educational, and clinical films that may be of interest to social work students and faculty.


Searching for Films in CLIO

Films are available from the Social Work Library Reserves Desk. Films on VHS and DVD, as well as streaming films are cataloged and will show up in a CLIO title, author, or keyword search.

To locate films by topic, do a keyword search in CLIO, the Libraries online catalog, then limit by Format (Video) and Location (Social Work) by clicking on the facets on the left side of the search results screen.



FILM PURCHASES AND STREAMING REQUESTS: To request films for purchase, or to inquire about the possibility of obtaining a streaming license, please email your suggestions to the Social Work Librarian at, or submit your request online via the Suggest Purchase of a Book of Journal form.

FILM CLIPS: Short film portions can be made available in your courses. The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning can provide access to these clips in online course environments such as Courseworks and Mediathread.