BAMPFA Film Library joins University Library as affiliate

Entrance to BAMPFA

The entrance to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. (Photo by Jim Heaphy, CC)

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) Film Library and Study Center has been recognized as an Affiliated Library to the University Library and a member of The Affiliated Libraries Administrative Group (TALAG).  The affiliation will encourage better communication and coordination between BAMPFA and the University Library, resulting in improved services to students and faculty.

The BAMPFA Film Library and Study Center is one of the major film reference services in the country. In addition to cataloging and providing access to more than 17,000 films and videos in the BAMPFA collection, it holds collections of more than 9,000 books, 6,000 serials volumes, 10,000 posters, 50,000 still photographs, and 3,000 audio recordings of visiting filmmakers, as well as screenplays, international film festival programs, and archival papers.

“The BAMPFA Film Library and Study Center’s valuable film collections, professional expertise, and high service quality make them a welcome addition as an affiliated library,” says Elizabeth Dupuis, associate university librarian for educational initiatives and user services.

The library’s largest and most heavily used collection consists of some 250,000 documents, including film reviews, press kits, film festival program notes, and articles on filmmakers, performers, national cinemas, genres, and other topics. More than 57,000 of these documents are also available online through CineFiles, BAMPFA’s film-related document database. Books, serials, films, and videos are cataloged in OskiCat, with local databases for other collections available on site.

“I am pleased we could formalize the longstanding cooperation between our two units into an even stronger partnership for the benefit of research and teaching,” adds Dupuis.

The BAMPFA Film Library and Study Center is located on the lower level of the new BAMPFA building at 2155 Center Street at Oxford Street. It is open to University affiliates and the public from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, and by appointment.