The Circulating Film Library is closed until further notice. We appreciate your interest in this historic 16mm collection. Please check back in spring 2023 for updates. Thank you for your patience.
Established in 1935 to collect films that illustrate the historic and artistic development of motion pictures and to establish the medium as a major art form, the Circulating Library initially included a circulating collection available at reasonable rates to colleges, museums, and other educational institutions. This has since been expanded to include regional and international film festivals, Museum exhibitions, and other film organizations that can still screen 16mm film. The Circulating Library also provides the unique service of offering access to works by important independent filmmakers, works that would otherwise not be readily available on 16mm film.
This current iteration of CIRC has only 16mm prints for rental. These are distribution prints. CIRC’S inception in 1935, a separate collection emerged alongside this sister collection. The film collection now contains over 35K titles. For inquiries and loans from the, please email [email protected].
Andy Warhol titles
MoMA is the home of the Warhol 16mm collection. While we physically house the film, we work very closely with the rights holders, the Warhol Museum (AWM) For all 16mm rental inquiries please a submit form and/or email us at [email protected]. For all digital inquiries please contact the Warhol Museum. AWM handles all digital loans for museums and galleries.
Richard Serra titles
For all Richard Serra titles on 16mm please submit the form found on this page. For Richard Serra Digital loans please email [email protected].