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Accessing the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division

Increasingly, the Center's audio-visual holdings are being cataloged in The New York Public Library's online public access catalog, the library catalog and are also accessible through the VIM and REC files of the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN), available via the Internet, and OCLC.

Additionally, the division has developed a local database management system, particularly for the recorded music and film collections. Through this database, onsite researchers are able to conduct a variety of searches to match any number of so-called "side musicians" with each other and/or with composers, lyricists or song titles.

Most sound recordings and videos are played through a remote playback system to patrons in semi-private listening/viewing facilities; no appointment is generally required for access to these materials. Motion picture films, however, are shown only on scanners (for preservation reasons) and are shown by appointment only. Call (212) 491-2236, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm for film screening appointments.

Reproduction of materials in the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division is restricted both by applicable copyrights and by available staff time to make reproductions which are required to be made in-house. Division staff provides research and referral assistance to filmmakers and radio and television producers, but the division does not function as a stock footage house.