The library will be closed all day Tuesday 21 August due to a venue closure. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We have a formal study area with power supplies for laptops and an informal drop-in area ideal for group work. We also offer:
- Free Wi-Fi.
- Six public access research terminals. Here you can access the full content of the library’s networked digital resources such as BFI Collections Search, the Film & TV Literature Index with Full Text, BFI Screenonline, BFI InView and the Screen Studies Collection, which includes the AFI Catalog and FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals database.
- However, please note that our research terminals are intended solely for accessing our databases and searching our collections. At busy times usage of the terminals may be restricted.
- Digital scanners to access information held on microfiche and roll film.
- Book scanners for copying library material, within copyright regulations.
We don’t allow digital photography in the library. Please use our dedicated scanning equipment to copy material.
During term time there are often organised student study visits in the mornings from 10.30am-1.00pm while the library is open to other visitors.
The Edwin Fox Foundation Reading Room is also available for private hire.
Our vast collection covers all aspects of film and television study. We also cater for those with a professional interest in the film and television industry. We hold theses, annual reports, festival files and pamphlets, and have millions of newspaper cuttings dating back to the 1930s which are available digitally on our research terminals. You can browse the latest copies of film journals, including Broadcast, Cahiers du Cinema, Celebrity Studies, Empire, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Screen International and Variety . We also display books themed to complement BFI Southbank seasons and events.
You can search our collections for library materials.
The Edwin Fox Foundation Reading Room book collection
This collection covers the history of cinema and television from its origins to the present day. With material that includes but is not limited to animation, audiences, directors, film theory, comedy, film noir, horror, musicals, science fiction, westerns, practical filmmaking guides, marketing, stars, television programmes, and the different national cinemas from around the world as well as major collections on British and American cinema.
The Edwin Fox Foundation Reading Room serials collection
Our serials collection includes periodicals, annuals and festival catalogues each represented in their own way in the Reading Room.
The majority of our annuals collection is held at our Conservation Centre however a small selection of annual reports, directories and yearbooks useful for finding contact, statistical or biographical information can be found on the Reading Room book shelves. These include The Kinematograph Yearbook (1914–1971), the Knowledge, the British Video Association Yearbook, Quigley’s almanacs, the Hitchcock annual, Variety reviews and Obituaries in the Performing Arts.
From the earliest festival to date, the London Film Festival programmes can be found in the periodicals sequence bound and filed together with the NFT/BFI Southbank Guide programmes. For all other festivals please enquire at the desk.
Finally, our periodicals collection includes current journals to browse, entire runs of key hard copy journals, and a range of e-journals which can be accessed via the research terminals in the library.
Below is a list of periodicals held in the Edwin Fox Foundation Reading Room which can be easily accessed. Bound volumes of these current journals are kept on the shelves, up to and including these volumes and dates. Journals in bold are no longer published. Journals marked * are also available digitally on reading room terminals.
|Journal name||Publication dates|
|Animation Journal*||1995 onwards|
|Asian Cinema||1988 onwards|
|Black Film Bulletin||1993-2000|
|Black Film Review*||1986-1991|
|British Cinematographer||2002 onwards|
|Broadcast||May 1985 onwards|
|Cahiers du Cinema||1951 onwards|
|Cahiers du Cinema in English||1966-1967|
|Cineaction*||1986-1994 (No. 35)|
|Cinema Scope*||1999-2007 (No. 32)|
|Classic Images (previously Classic Film Collector)||1965 onwards|
|Creative Screenwriting||1995 onwards|
|DGA Magazine||1994-2004 (No. 29)|
|DGA Quarterly||2005 onwards|
|Documentary News Letter (continued as Documentary Film News)||1940-1949|
|Feminist Media Studies||2001 onwards|
|Film International (Iran)||1993 onwards|
|Film Ireland* (previously Film Base News)||1988-1998/1999 (No. 68 )|
|Film Quarterly* (previously Quarterly of Film Radio and Television)||1951-2000 (Vol. 54)|
|Film Review (previously ABC Film Review)||1951-2008|
|Films & Filming||1954-1990|
|Film Score Monthly*||1992-2005|
|Films in Review*||1950-1997|
|Films of the Golden Age||1995 onwards|
|Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television*||1981-1990 (Vol. 10, No. 3)|
|IF (Inside Film)*||1998-2009|
|In Camera||1988 onwards|
|Index on Censorship||1972-2009|
|In The Picture||1983-2008|
|Journal of British Cinema & Television (previously Journal of Popular British Cinema)||2004 onwards|
|Journal of Chinese Cinemas||2007 onwards|
|Journal of Film & Video (previously Journal of University Film Association)||1962-2000 (Vol. 51)|
|Journal of Popular British Cinema Film & Video (continues as Journal of British Cinema & Television)||1998-2002|
|Journal of Popular Film and TV||1972 onwards|
|Monthly Film Bulletin*||1934-1991|
|National Film Theatre Programmes (continues as BFI Southbank Guide)||1957 onwards|
|New York Motion Picture Critics Review||1944-1945|
|Post Script*||1981-2006 (Vol. 25, No. 3)|
|Revue du Cinema/Image et Son||1983-1992|
|Science Fiction Film and Television*||2008 onwards|
|Screen Africa||1998 onwards|
|Screen International||1993 onwards|
|Sight & Sound*||1932 onwards|
|South Asian Cinema||2001-2004|
|Studies in Documentary Film*||2007 onwards|
|Television Business International||1988 onwards|
|Total Film||1997 onwards|
|Vanity Fair||1995 onwards|
|Velvet Light Trap*||1971-2000 (No. 46)|