Film Reference Library

VISITING THE LIBRARY Open Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm
By appointment only.
Call 604.688.8202 or email

If you're interested in exploring cinema on the printed page, we invite you to visit our extensive  collection of books, periodicals and film stills. Open to the public, and housed in our adminstrative offices, our Film Reference Library is fully catalogued, and available by appointment.

Ranging from classic texts to rare and obscure publications, our holdings currently include: more than 2,400 books organized by Director, Actor, Theory, History, Genre, Aesthetics, Criticism and other categories; more than 150 different periodical collections, including CinemaScope, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cahiers du Cinema, Reel West and Variety; and more than 7,500 film stills, sorted by director and film.

Other resources include film encyclopedias, dictionaries, annual almanacs, distributor catalogues and international film festival guides. The Film Reference Library also houses a complete archive of The Cinematheque's Program Guide, dating back to 1973.


For more information or to make to an appointment, please email or call 604-688-8202 during regular office hours.