2621 Durant Avenue, between College and Telegraph Avenues
Phone Reference Line
Hours of Operation
Monday-Wednesday, 1-5 p.m.
Please note the library summer closure: May 20–June 2. We will reopen June 3.
Access and Fees
Access to the library is free for BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. There is a $3-per-day use fee for other visitors. Fees are also assessed for research screenings; for details, please see our page on viewing films and videos from the PFA collection.
2625 Durant Avenue #2250
Berkeley CA 94720-2250
About the Library and Film Study Center
The PFA Library and Film Study Center is one of the major film reference services in the country. Each year thousands of researchers—students, scholars, journalists, filmmakers, and others—use its services.
In addition to providing access to the more than 14,000 films and videos in the PFA collection, the library also makes a wide range of film-related materials available to the public for research purposes. Its collections include more than 8,000 books, 150 journal titles, 7,500 posters, 35,000 stills, and 1,500 audiotapes of filmmakers who have appeared at the Pacific Film Archive, as well as screenplays, international film festival programs, and distributors’ catalogs. The library’s largest and most heavily used collection comprises some 95,000 documentation files containing film reviews, press kits, and articles on filmmakers, performers, national cinemas, genres, and other topics. Some materials from the documentation files are available online through CineFiles, PFA’s film document image database.
NEW! Please visit our Copyright Resources Project pages for information on copyright and digital imaging.