The Jerzy Toeplitz library serves AFTRS students and staff and also supports the Australian film, broadcasting and media industries. The library holds the biggest collection of screen arts and broadcast resources in Australia for training and research resources related to film, television, radio and emerging technology.

The library is also open to the public and membership is free.

The Collection

The library collection has been developed to support the information needs of film and broadcasting professionals, including:

  • animation
  • cinematography
  • directing
  • editing
  • film studies
  • history of film
  • producing
  • design
  • new media
  • performance
  • radio
  • screen business
  • screen composition
  • screenwriting
  • story and writing
  • sound
  • VFX

Given the rapid expansion of the collection, some lesser used items are now located in the Stack area. Searching for these resources is via SuperSearch. Retrieving them is possible by requesting a Hold on the required items. These can then be collected from the Information Desk within 24 hours from placing the request. It is not possible to retrieve items from Stack immediately and on Saturdays.

DVDs and Other Media Formats

The collection contains over 12,000 feature films, documentaries, television programs and short films on DVD, blu-ray and video which includes many hard-to-find gems.

The library has a Screenrights licence to record television programs for educational purposes. These programs are catalogued and integrated into the library's collections. 

Books and Reports

There are over 23,000 books and reports -including e-books - relating to film studies, filmmaking, television and radio production.


There is an extensive collection of film and television scripts including many which are unpublished. The latter are stored separately, but are listed in the catalogue and may be read in the library. 


Over 300 hard copy journal titles are held focusing on film, television and new media. Popular titles include Metro, Sight and Sound, Encore, American Cinematographer, Film Comment, Shots and The Wire. The most recent issue of each title is displayed on the New Periodicals shelves in front of the Information Desk. These journals may only be read in the library. Photocopying facilities are available.

Databases and e-Services

The library has subscriptions to a variety of databases, e-newsletters and thousands of e-journals including in specialist databases such as EBSCO, INFORMIT, FACTIVA, FIAF Fulltext, Film Index International, and Project Muse. These databases are only available in the library and networked throughout AFTRS.

  • To select the best database for your research please go to:  Databases 
  • To search for experts and location services go to: Directories 
  • To search the entire collection go to SuperSearch 

Streaming Videos

The library holds subscriptions to a variety of specialist streaming video databases. These databases are accessible on the AFTRS premises. Use them to find feature films, television programs, how-to videos, short films and other streaming media.

Only currently enrolled students and staff are entitled to access the Library's licensed electronic resources outside of the AFTRS Library.

High Demand Collection & e-Reserve

The library offers a 'High Demand Collection' service to all teaching staff and students that allows teaching staff to make available 'high-demand' resources, such as DVD’s and books, to a large number of students for a given period. Closed reserve items are limited to a finite period such as 3 hours (in the library only), overnight loans or two-day loans, for example.

e-Reserve is also available for articles, journals, book chapters and digital files. These can be accessed remotely by members.

Contact the library for assistance if required.


Libguides are guides to subject specific resources compiled by the library for specific areas of specialisations or assignments.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.