Searching for videos and DVDs

We often get questions about how to find videos and DVDs held by the Greenfield and Music Library.  There are many ways to search for this type of material!  Here are a few.

One of the simplest ways to search for videos and DVDs is to use the Advanced Keyword Search screen. Enter a keyword search, and then use the Material Type box below and to the right to select videocassette or DVD. TIP: you can select both videocassette and DVD by selecting one, and then holding down the shift key to select the second one. Click Submit to run your search.
• Search by AUTHOR for directors, choreographers, composers, and performers. Remember to search LAST NAME first.

• Search by TITLE if you know it.

• Search by KEYWORD to find songs on an album, a dance piece, or a film in a collection.  Put quotation marks around phrases, e.g., “chien andalou” or “all of me” or “cave of the heart”

• Search by SUBJECT using
feature films
documentary films
musical films
science fiction films

The above searches will retrieve ANY type of material (books, CDs, etc.) but you can LIMIT any search by MATERIAL TYPE.
Want to just browse and see what we have?

Go to

Select Library Catalog
Call Number Search
Other Call Number
Read the directions on the screen and follow the examples:
CD for Music Library compact discs
MD for Music Library DVDs
MV for Music Library videos
LP for Music Library LPs
GD for Greenfield Library DVDs
GV for Greenfield Library videos
Once you  find an item you want, write down the CALL NUMBER and go to the circulation desk to request it.


Why do we still have so many videotapes, you ask? It’s surprising what hasn’t yet been released on DVD, but as films are released on DVD, we do replace our videotape copies with DVDs.  If you know something is available on DVD and we still only have a video of it, please let us know.

Quay Brothers Love Libraries

UArts alumni (1969) and identical twins Timothy and Stephen Quay were featured on last week’s cover of City Paper, but it was the quote inside that caught this librarian’s eye:

“The thing that we liked instantly was that the college had a fantastic library and music library and a fantastic film course. We suddenly dove into a period of hunting and researching and learning things that we wouldn’t have had access to in high school. And you’d see a lot of other artists at work. It was really a hothouse — a humbling experience in the best sense of the word.”

The library is of course what was then the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) library, and the music library they mention is that of the Philadelphia Musical Academy, with whom PCA had reciprocal library access.  The Philadelphia Musical Academy is today’s UArts School of Music, and PCA is the UArts College of Art and Design. The libraries are now the UArts Greenfield Library and UArts Music Library.

The film course they mention was probably taught by the late David Grossman, a local legend known for his repertory film screenings. Grossman is listed as teaching a Liberal Arts department film course in the 1967-69 PCA catalog.

What’s so great about the Quay Brothers? A September 7, 1999 Village Voice article says “To call the Quays’ work the most original and rapturously vivid image-making on the planet might sound like hyperbole until you see the films, which have no genuine precedent (the films of their forerunners, from Ladislaw Starewicz to Jan Svankmajer, are charmingly crude by comparison) and can redefine your ideas of cinematic space and causality.”

Find out for yourself by watching some Quay Brothers DVDs, available in the UArts Greenfield Library. Search the library catalog by author for Brothers Quay, which is how they used to prefer to be known.