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Moving Image Collection

The VCR Moving Image Collection houses more than 41,000 titles, spanning from 1895 to the present year. This collection provides a historical perspective on the introduction of new teaching and learning technologies since 1968. It includes both older media formats and more current editions.

Moving Image Teaching Collection

VCR’s teaching and research film collection has been migrated to the Library's discovery tool Sofia.  Through the Library’s online catalog, you can access over 21,000 titles on DVD, 3,100 on Blu-ray discs (including 3D and UHD 4K), and a diverse collection of VHS tapes and laserdiscs, as well as streaming options.

Here are some tools to help you with your searches:

If you have any questions about finding material, the following people would be glad to help you:

    Muhammad ElKhairy (VCR Coordinator)

   Hélène Brousseau (Digital Media and Visual Resources Librarian, Subject Librarian for Cinema, Dance and Music)

VCR Celluloid Film Collection

VCR holds a collection of 11,500 historically significant archival 16mm and 35mm films, which range from experimental, to instructional and industrial documentary films, and to world cinema. The highlights include the National Film Board of Canada’s lending library until 1990, the British Information Services collection of travelogues and documentaries from the 1960s and 1970s, the Shastri Collection of Indian documentary films, and a growing collection of student films from Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

Catalogue searching tips

What you need to know about searching the VCR Moving Image catalogue:

  • The catalogue will not return any results if there is a misspelling in the query term(s)
  • If the title of the item you are looking for begins with an article (“the,” “a,” “an,” “le,” “la,” etc.). DO NOT include that article in your search, or include it at the end, preceded by a comma e.g. for the film La Grande illusion, enter the query term “Grande illusion, La”, or broaden your search by only entering the keyword “illusion”
  • When searching by director, please enter “last name, first name”, or simply enter last name e.g. For Alanis Obomsawin, enter the query terms “Obomsawin, Alanis" or simply “Obomsawin”
  • To search for an actor or other person, enter the name in the “Synopsis contains” field. The name can be entered in the usual order (first name followed by last name). You can also search this field for specific keywords like “WWII”, or “New York”
  • Make broader searches by entering fewer keywords and these will yield better results


VCR staff maintain, preserve and provide access to moving image resources. Contact them for:

  • Booking moving image material for courses
  • Screening rooms bookings
  • Reference and duplication services
  • Outside researchers should contact regarding potential projects

Contact us


Visual Collections Repository
1515 St. Catherine St. West
EV building
Room EV 3.703


Fall Term
September 5 - December 8
Monday - Friday: 10am - 8pm

December 11 - December 21
Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Winter Term
January 8 - January 12
Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm

January 15 - April 21
Monday, Tuesday: 10am - 6pm  

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday : 10am - 8pm

Reading Week

February 26 - February 29

Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm

***The VCR will be closed on Friday March 1 ***  

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