How can I find movies in HOLLIS or through the library in general?

For streaming video, check out our guide to Streaming Video @ Harvard

If we don't have the streaming version, we may have the DVD. For specific titles, you can usually search HOLLIS for the title and limit to Form/Genre: DVD/Videodiscs on the right side of the screen as needed.

There's no perfect way to just browse for a movie in HOLLIS, but here's a simple method that usually gets results. 

  • Go to HOLLIS (before entering a term into the search bar, choose the Library Catalog- not the Everything-- tab.)
  • Search on words and phrases like "Queen Latifah" and DVD.
    • You can also just search for "DVD." There will be tens of thousands of results.
  • Use the side limiters to select Form/Genre: DVD/Videodiscs as needed.
  • Experiment with other side limiters like language, subject, etc. to narrow the field.

On campus but don't have a DVD player? You can check them out at the Circulation Desk in Lamont Library. 

Other ways to find movies on campus: 

  • Most Lamont DVDs are available for general browsing on Level A. 
  • The Film Studies Library has a collection of films in various formats for viewing (in the library). 
  • Some of the professional school libraries have recreational DVD collections, like Law. 
  • Many of the houses have their own movie collections.

Beyond Harvard: Many public libraries have streaming services for local residents. Check out the websites of libraries local to you in the Cambridge area or elsewhere. 




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