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Recognised as Australia’s leading library for learning, teaching, research, creativity and innovation of the screen arts and broadcasting industries, The Jerzy Toeplitz Library was established in 1973 and named after the founding director of AFTRS, Professor Jerzy Toeplitz (1909-1995).

Our library boasts an extensive and unique collection of items both on-premises and online. On-site, the library holds over 44,000 items, including over 17,000 DVDs, Blu-rays and VHS tapes, 20,000 books and ebooks, 3,000 film and television scripts and screenplays, and every AFTRS student film ever made. Online, there are over 75,000 streaming videos. The growing collection, which includes many rare and hard-to-find items, is regularly showcased through rotating displays.

In addition to being a place for quiet study, the library hosts educational workshops, public talks and film screenings. The library is staffed by experienced information professionals, who support and empower the staff and students of AFTRS and the film and broadcasting industry, to shape and share their stories.

We are located at the entrance of the School. 


The Library will be closed from Monday 19 November 2018 until Monday 14 January 2019 for refurbishments.

For enquiries, phone (02) 9805 6440, or email library@aftrs.edu.au

Our Collection

Student Films – Most student film productions made at AFTRS since its establishment in 1973 are available in the library.

DVDs & Blu-rays – Over 17,000 titles including feature films, documentaries, television programs and short films on DVD and Blu-ray.

Books & eBooks – Over 22,000 books and ebooks relating to filmmaking, television, radio production and emerging media. 

Scripts – Over 4,000 published and unpublished film and television scripts.

Journals – Over 2,000 print and e-journal titles focusing on film, television and emerging media. Journals can only be read in the library. Photocopying facilities are available.

Databases – The library has subscriptions to a variety of specialist film, television and emerging media databases. 

CDs – Over 1,000 CD titles focusing on film and television soundtracks (AFTRS staff and students only).

Games – Over 100 console games (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, XboxOne, Xbox360) and VR apps (AFTRS staff and students only).

Streaming Titles – Over 75,000 titles including feature films, television series and documentaries that can be viewed at the School or at home (AFTRS staff and students only).

New Titles – Every fortnight a selection of recently acquired resources are added to our collection and displayed in the library (AFTRS staff and students only).

Curated Collection – A collection of resources that focuses on a specific theme, displayed at the library entrance. 

LibGuides – The library produces interactive lists of recommended viewing and reading resources related specific areas of film, television, radio and new media.

Library Membership

The Jerzy Toeplitz Library is open to members of the public and membership is available with no joining fee.
To join you must –

  • Visit the Jerzy Toeplitz Library
  • Present photo ID and proof of Australian residential address
  • Be over 18 years of age

Membership includes:

  • 12 months borrowing access at the Jerzy Toeplitz Library
  • External members: 4 items at a time
  • Alumni members: 8 items at a time

Membership allows you to borrow:

  • DVDs/BLU-RAY DISCS | Loan Period: 7 days – Only the titles with green stickers and no more than two of the same series at any one time.
  • BOOKS | Loan Period: 3 weeks – Excluding those with red stickers and no more than two on the same topic at any one time.


Is the library open to the public?
The Jerzy Toeplitz Library is open to members of the public and you are welcome to join the library (no joining fee) if you are over 18 years of age, have photo ID and proof of your residential address in Australia.

I’ve lost my library card – what do I do?
Come to the front desk of the Jerzy Toeplitz Library, show proof of who you are and the librarian will replace your library card.

May I bring children into the library?
The Jerzy Toeplitz Library is a public space and all children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

How many items may I borrow?
Alumni Members may borrow 8 items at a time, and External Members may borrow 4 items at a time.

What types of items may I borrow?
DVDs/Blu-rays, excluding those with green stickets (loan period is seven days). You may borrow up to two from the same series.
Books, excluding those with red stickers (loan period is three weeks). You may borrow up to two from on the same topic.

How do I renew an item?
Items can be renewed twice unless there are reserves on the items, or the item is overdue. You may renew an item via My Account (access with your library barcode), by email, by phone or in-person.

How do I request an item be placed on hold under my name?
Items can be reserved in person, by phone, by email, or via the library catalogue.

May I return items outside of library opening hours?
Items can be returned via the return chute in the main foyer next to student services, while the AFTRS Building is open.

I think I’ve lost an item I borrowed – what do I do?
You may either pay the replacement cost of the item, or purchase a new item that is identical to the lost item and bring it to the library.

How do I search the catalogue?
Go to SuperSearch and type in the title, author or keyword of the resource you are looking for.

May I watch DVDs at the library?
The library has a viewing room, which may be booked in advance. You may make a booking in person, by phone, by email or via the library catalogue.

May I charge my phone laptop in the library?
Yes, you can charge your phone or laptop, but cables will not be provided by the library. AFTRS staff and students may borrow cables depending on availability.

May I print in the library?
Both colour and black and white printing is available in the library for a small fee. Prices differ among library members, staff and students.

Does the library have Wifi?
The Library offers free Wifi access to all visitors.

For AFTRS Staff and Students

Writing Assignments – Get tips and tricks on how to write your assignments and essays.
Referencing for Assignments – Learn how to reference all of the resources you used to create your assignment.
Streaming Collections – Access over 75,000 streaming videos from the Library’s Streaming Video Databases.
Edu TV

Conduct an in-depth search using the Library’s specialist film, television, and radio and emerging media databases.
FIAF Index to Film Periodicals Plus
Academic Search Complete
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Film & Television Literature Index (FTLI)
Simply Scripts

High Demand Collection – Our High Demand Collection allows teaching staff to make available high demand resources such as DVD’s and books to a greater number of students in a given period. This is facilitated by assigning time limits per loan and by restricting access to AFTRS students only.

e-Reserve – The Library provides AFTRS students with access to copyright-monitored, curriculum-based set readings and screenings set by your lecturer. These consist of journal articles, book chapters or other digital files that can be accessed directly and remotely from Moodle. They are subject-specific and configured on a weekly basis. Login into your Moodle Account