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 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 host Special Collections access with appointment times running Tuesday-Thursday 10.30am-1pm and 2-5.30pm.
Digital photography is not allowed 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.
If you have any questions, please ask a member of staff.
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|
|Black Film Bulletin||1993-2000|
|Black Film Review*||1986-1991|
|Broadcast||May 1985 — July 2018|
|Cahiers du Cinema||1951-2018|
|Cahiers du Cinema in English||1966-1967|
|Cineaction*||1986-1994 (No. 35)|
|Cinema Scope*||1999-2007 (No. 32)|
|Classic Images (previously Classic Film Collector)||1965-2017 (June)|
|Creative Screenwriting||1995-2011 (Vol. 18, No. 4)|
|DGA Magazine||1994-2004 (No. 29)|
|DGA Quarterly||2005-2015 (Vol. 10, No. 4, Winter)|
|Documentary News Letter (continued as Documentary Film News)||1940-1949|
|Feminist Media Studies||2001-2017|
|Film International (Iran)||1993-2010|
|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||1995-2018|
|Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television*||1981-1990 (Vol. 10, No. 3)|
|IF (Inside Film)*||1998-2009|
|Index on Censorship||1972-2009|
|In The Picture||1983-2008|
|Journal of British Cinema & Television* (previously Journal of Popular British Cinema)||2004-2017|
|Journal of Chinese Cinemas*||2007-2017|
|Journal of Film & Video (previously Journal of University Film Association)*||1959-2000 (Vol. 51)|
|Journal of Popular British Cinema (continues as Journal of British Cinema & Television*)||1998-2002|
|Journal of Popular Film and TV||1972-2014|
|Media & Technology Digest (previously Screen Digest)||2013-2018|
|Monthly Film Bulletin*||1934-1991|
|National Film Theatre Programmes (continues as BFI Southbank Guide)||1957-June 2018|
|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*||2008-2016|
|Screen Digest (continues as Media and Technology Digest)||1971-2011|
|Sight & Sound*||1932-2018 (June)|
|South Asian Cinema||2001-2004|
|Studies in Documentary Film*||2007-2017|
|Television Business International||1988-2018 (Jan)|
|Vanity Fair||2010 (Oct) — 2018|
|Velvet Light Trap*||1971-2000 (No. 46)|