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We have all the books and resources you need to explore how your favourite film or TV programme was made.

Find out what your favourite star did before they were famous with a biography, investigate the history behind the plot, read about story development and script writing and much more.

In partnership with the British Film Institute, the Library of Birmingham gives you access to an exclusive collection of film archive material, available to view at the BFI mediatheque (Discovery Floor 3). This includes a unique collection of film material related to Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Discover the best, the rarest and the most extraordinary films and TV programmes from the British Film Institute National Archive. The films in the collections are a fascinating record of the history, culture and art of filmmaking and TV production, as well as a document of daily life in the UK from the late 19th century to today.

Simply log on at your personal viewing station, choose from over 2,500 complete titles and watch at the click of a mouse, all for free.

The viewing stations are on level 3 in the Library of Birmingham and are available Monday to Tuesday 11am to 6:45pm and Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4:45pm. The stations can accommodate more than one person enabling you to watch with a friend. One of the viewing stations is wheelchair-accessible.

To access this service, visit our Customer Service Desk to obtain a log-in number. You do not need to be a library member. You will need a set of headphones for each person which you can buy from us at a cost of £1, or bring your own.

You can choose the films you want to see before your visit or find out more about the Institute at the British Film Institute website.

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