Collections, Catalogs, Research Services

The Media Resources Center (MRC) is the UC Berkeley Library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats. These formats include: videocassettes, DVDs (Digital Versatile Discs), and laser discs; compact audio discs; audiocassettes; slides; and interactive multimedia materials. The MRC collection is intended to support the broad range of study and research interests on campus. There are particularly strong holdings in humanities and social sciences materials, as well as a broad range of general interest materials in the fields of science and technology.


The MRC permanent collection comprises materials in a wide range of subject fields, with emphasis on titles which have broad interdisciplinary interest. The collection includes dramatic performances; literary adaptations; speeches; lectures and events; primary source recordings, such as historic TV commercials and newsreels; and documentaries, including one of the strongest collections of works by independent film and video makers in the US. The collection includes a large, study-level collecion of international cinema works, including works useful for the studies of the movies as social and cultural indicators and representations.

MRC is in the process of developing a digital library of streamed video and audiorecordings. This library includes both materials licensed for use by UCB students and faculty only, and materials openly available to all users. For more information about these collections, see the MRC Online Media web site.


You may locate materials in the MRC collection in these ways:

Browse MRC's web site of subject-arranged listings of MRC holdings

Use the search engine on MRC's home page (phrases may be searched by using quotes: e.g. "Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"

Search MRC's complete holdings in the PATHFINDER online catalog. In PATHFINDER you may limit your search to PUBLICATION FORMAT - Films/Videos/Slides

Research and Reference Services

MRC maintains a core collection of printed and online reference resources relating to film, video, television, and new media. These resources include indexes to film reviews and criticism; guides to genres, filmographies and bibliographies related to film and TV. The library currently subscribes to a number of important online film studies databases that provide credits and other information about international films. See the library's Film Studies web site for links to these and other relevant resources.

The staff of the Center are available to help locate information on specific titles or subjects, or to answer questions about other media resources on the Berkeley campus. Appointments may be made with the head of the Center for in-depth research consultation or classroom presentations in the areas of film, television, and video (643-8566; email: Gary Handman (

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