AFI RC update for staff and students

The physical AFI RC Library is shut until further notice. AFI RC staff are now working from home, and available to assist you online via email, phone or Teams.

General contacts:

To contact your friendly AFI Research Collection staff:

E-Resources and working from home

Research consultations and assistance with finding resources for cinema studies related courses are available via email or by telephone. Access to the AFI RC physical collections is limited however help providing alternative resources can be provided. To book a consultation please email: This service is also available to students should they require it.

The AFI Research Collection has created ‘Libguides/How to’ for students undertaking cinema studies courses, Histories of Film Theory and True Lies. Please promote these to your students as key tools for locating online resources.

Visit the RMIT Library to access a variety of online resources including Kanopy, ebooks, eJournals and more. The RMIT library provides a range of resources and services to help build course content, augment you teaching online and interactive resources, and improve the learning experience of your students. Visit: RMIT Library Teach

Due to the Covid19 situation many publishers have provided enhanced access to 1000s of online ebooks and resources.  Please view the list below:


EBSCO eBooks is partnering with publishers to waive simultaneous user limits wherever possible.

Existing e-book holdings have been upgraded to Unlimited-User access until June 30 for a growing list of publishers including all new e-book purchases. Ebsco e-book participating publishers.

FILMS ON DEMAND – AU market collection

Films On Demand’s platform provides users with the content, tools, speed, and performance that today’s online experience demands. At Films On Demand, we know that content matters. Our video library has been assembled not just with a focus on volume, but also with a discerning eye for quality and relevance. It is the result of decades of careful curating with a single guiding principle: providing every academic department on campus with the most essential video titles for their field of study.

Plus, Films On Demand titles have won numerous awards, including Peabody, CLIO, Telly, Emmy®, CINE Golden Eagle Award, Video Librarian Best Documentary, FREDDIE Award, and many more!

Films on Demand: Master Academic Video Collection

Note content list does differ for the AU institutions


Colleagues at Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, have made their courses on Teaching Online and Blended Learning freely available until the end of May in order to help those tackling distance learning for the first time. For more information, please visit here


Among the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are Johns Hopkins University Press (all books and journals), Ohio State University Press (all books and journals), University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals), University of North Carolina Press (all books), Temple University Press (all books), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books). We expect to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content.

Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive “Free” icon, different from the “OA” icon used for fully open access content on MUSE, or the familiar green checkmark that users associate with content held by their library. MUSE search results, by default, include any content to which a user has access, so will offer the researcher any relevant free, OA, or entitled articles and books. There are over 2000 open access books and a small number of fully OA journals on the MUSE platform.


ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 will get automatic upgrades to unlimited concurrent access (from single user or 3U) to all owned titles through mid-June.
(see ProQuest’s Blog for more information.

This means that all licenses – including single-user and three-user models – will automatically convert to unlimited access during this period.

This unlimited access also applies to additional titles purchased through June 19, 2020.
For more information


Peer-reviewed research published in Taylor & Francis journals is now free to access and available for anyone to read. In addition, Taylor and Francis will support researchers, journals & funders to ensure that all research findings & data relevant to this outbreak are shared rapidly & openly.

We hope these virtual resources – online ebooks, videos, journals, and more – help you create a rich online environment for your students.

Please do not hesitate to contact the AFI Research Collection staff for advice and direction around resources to assist your teaching and research.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you back through the real doors soon. Stay well!

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