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The Maughan Library on screen

The Maughan is frequently used as a filming location. Credits include Enola Holmes (doubling for the Houses of Parliament), Johnny English (doubling for the Tower of London), The Imitation Game and The Take.

Find journals for Film Studies

Use Library Search to access an extensive collection of ejournals and print journals. Titles include:

Asian Cinema Film History
Sight and Sound Film Quarterly

Arts & Humanities print journals are held on the ground floor of the Maughan Library. See our Floorplans.

 Library Search

External libraries for Film Studies

If you need resources beyond King's, you may want to visit other libraries with film collections: 

Please check for access restrictions before visiting.

Collections Guide for Film Studies

Welcome to the Collections Guide for Film Studies

This guide provides tailored information on library collections and links to some of our key resources. 

Watch films online

A diverse collection of films covering a wide range of genres and multiple languages. Staff and students have access to subscription titles as well as free content. 

La haine


A key streaming resource for films. Includes French, Spanish and Asian feature films, plus documentaries and videos on a wide range of subjects.

Offers a huge collection of films, TV and radio programmes which have aired on UK channels. Useful for titles that are not available via commercial streaming services or on DVD.

A film streaming resource specialising in features and documentaries from Spanish-speaking countries. Also includes titles in a number of languages. 

A collection of 900+ Asian feature films, documentaries and shorts.

Asian Film Online


A vast multi-disciplinary video collection. Includes a large number of documentaries on its Film Platform and Documentary channel.

Covers a wide range of subjects including feature films and documentaries.

Find Film Studies literature online

The following eresources are focused on film, media and performing arts:

Small group viewing facilities at the Maughan Library

Senate House Library

Senate House Library is a large humanities research library in Bloomsbury. 

King’s staff and students are entitled to free membership which provides
borrowing rights to print books and remote access to most eresources.

See Membership for information on signing up. 

Watch films on DVD

Many films are available online but some are only released on DVD. Our collection of DVDs, blu-rays and videos is on the ground floor of the Maughan Library in rooms G.68, G.69 & G.70. Films are arranged A-Z by title, with numerical titles at the start of the sequence, at classmark PN1995. See our Floorplans. 

Search for DVDs using Library Search and refine your results by 'Resource type' to 'Videos'.

 Library Search

Players for multi-region DVDs and VHS are in G.70. Headphones are provided in booths, or if you prefer to use your own, some equipment is bluetooth compatible. Group viewing facilities with large screens and multi-region blu-ray players are in G.71

Find books for Film Studies

The print book collection for Film Studies is on the second floor of the Maughan Library in rooms 2.56, 2.57, 2.58 and 2.59. See our Floorplans.

Key classmarks include:

  • PN1993 - for film guides
  • PN1993.5 - National cinema movements and guides to film from particular countries
  • PN1994/1995 - film theory and criticism.
  • PN1995.9 - specific genres and themes such as documentary, film noir, horror and sexuality.
  • PN1997 - BFI guides on specific films
  • PN1998 - criticism and commentaries on the films and careers of key directors.

Find Arts & Humanities literature online

The following eresources cover a range of disciplines including your subject area:


UK and international newspapers are useful for a range of subjects. Our collection provides a range of historical titles and current editions.