Media and Film studies collection

The Library has developed collections relating to Media and Film from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The subjects cross over into regions and country specific research including multi-disciplinary and Diaspora Studies and the material is in European, Asian and African languages.

The Library has supported course reading lists and selectively purchased materials. The Library is particularly concerned with theory and practice for teaching purposes.

  • What’s in the Collection?
    • Books and journals relating to Media and Films from Africa, Asia and the Middle East in Western and Asian vernacular languages.
    • Video recordings: Asian, African and Middle Eastern films, performing arts and documentary on video cassettes and DVDs
    • Newspapers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East in print and electronic media.
  • Location

    Books on study of media and films in general can be found on Level E

    Press and Journalism


    Media Studies




    Film Studies


    Note: Media and Film Studies in specific countries and regions are located in each country or regional collection.

    Books prefixed L or Ref are located separately.

    For a full listing of classmarks and their location, please consult:


    Majority of films are in open access areas on Level E. DVDs are classified according to regions:-



    MDVD 3

    Sub-Saharan Africa

    MDVD 4

    North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia)

    MDVD 5

    Near and Middle East, (incl. Israel)

    MDVD 15

    South Asia

    MDVD 20

    South East Asia (incl. Oceania)

    MDVD 24

    East Asia incl. China (incl. Tibet, Mongolia)

    MDVD 25

    Japan, Korea

    MDVD 34

    Asia and Africa in general (i.e. cross region)

    MDVD 40

    Other regions of the world

    Closed Access Materials

    Reference DVDs with classmark MDVD are kept in closed access areas. To consult ‘Reference Only’ DVDs, requisition slips are available at Issue Desk. The form should be completed and returned to the staff. You may submit up to three slips for each collection.

    Collections of closed access materials are made four times per day (10 am, 11.30 am, 2 pm & 4 pm)