Audio and Video Collections

The Library has a growing collection of audio and video resources, all of which are available in the Library.

You can browse the collection of DVDs, videos and CDs on the shelves, or use OneSearch to find items by title or subject.


You can borrow items from the collection. See our guide to borrowing for more information on how many items you can borrow, and how long you can keep them for.

DVD and other audio visual players

The Library has a variety of playback equipment for watching and listening to audio visual material. These include DVD Blu-Ray players and CD players, all of which are available in the Library.

TV and radio broadcasts for teaching

Off-air TV and radio recordings are a useful teaching and research aid. LUTV can provide recordings for requests made before transmission. If you want to request a recording that has already been broadcast, we can use the BUFVC Off Air Recording Service. Please contact Annette Lawrence for details. 

Online audio visual resources

There are numerous audiovisual resources available online that are useful for students. Some are available only to students in Higher Education. Others are publicly available. We've listed just a sample below. Most have been licensed for educational use, so they will be suitable for academic research.

  • BBC Archive - Contains themed collections of radio and TV programmes, documents and photographs from as far back as the 1930s
  • BBC News Channel - This includes live news but also recent news stories from the BBC website. It's also possible to search the website for a topic and limit the results to audio or visual material
  • BFI InView - Includes over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. Content is selected from the BFI National Archive. N.B. To access the films click on the "Log in now" button and search for Lancaster University in the Find Institution search box.
  • BFI Player - Featuring collections of contemporary and classic films. Most are paid-for, but some are free.
  • British Library Sounds - The British Library's Archival Sound Recordings website gives UK Higher and Further Education staff and students free access to over 12,000 recordings.
  • British Pathé - Historic news clips from over 90,000 films on entertainment, fashion, music, politics, sport and more.
  • LUXONLINE - A web resource for exploring British based artists’ film and video in-depth
  • Screenonline - The definitive guide to British film and television history and includes clips.