Who can use the FRL
Anyone can use the FRL resources. Our users include film students, academics, filmmakers, programmers, journalists and the general public.
Are you open on weekends?
Yes, view full details.
Is there another library like the FRL in Toronto?
The Film Reference Library is unique. Some university, public and government libraries offer similar resources, but the FRL is the most comprehensive film resource library with public hours in Toronto. Moreover, the FRL has the world’s largest collection of English-language Canadian film resources.
Do you rent or loan videos?
The FRL is a reference library; we do not rent or loan videos. Users may view titles from the study collection onsite.
Can users browse the book collection?
No, the collection is maintained in a secure area. Users can search using our public terminals on-site. Our reference desk staff will assist you if you need help. Books are retrieved from the stacks by FRL staff once you make your selections.
Do you have photographs in your collection? How do I see them?
We have over 300,000 production stills and photographic images associated with more than 60,000 distinct film and television title files. For safe care and handling and security purposes, we show stills, slides and photographs by appointment only. You can inquire at the reference desk or call the FRL to arrange an appointment with the client Senior Library Manager for stills research and viewing.
Can I buy posters from the FRL?
No, we do not sell posters. However, we have many books about posters in the collection that are available for research.
If the FRL doesn’t have a copy of video or DVD, where can I find it?
If the FRL does not have the title available for viewing from our collection, we may be able to assist you in locating video or DVD distribution information or a video/DVD retailer.
Am I allowed to use the FRL materials for my own publication or essay?
Copying, or plagiarism, is a breach of copyright law. The FRL requests that its users respect copyright laws. Please see the Copyright Guidelines for more information about copyright policies adhered to by the FRL.
Can I borrow materials from the FRL?
No. We are a reference-only library; materials must used be on the premises.
How do I apply for a job or internship with the FRL?
See the current available positions here. See full details here for information about internships or volunteering at the FRL.
Will the FRL staff conduct research for me?
Client services staff will provide assistance with quick reference questions — by phone, email or in person. “Quick reference” is a question that can be answered in 10 minutes. In-depth research requests are handled as fee-based services. Visit our Fee-Based Services section for more information about the fees and how to make a request. Of course, we encourage everyone to visit the Library in person if possible and become familiar with our resources and the research possibilities.
Does the FRL have stock footage in the collection?
No, the FRL is not a stock footage library. There are other resources in Toronto and across Canada that can supply footage.
Do you have scripts or information about screenwriting?
Yes, the FRL collection includes a substantial number of scripts and published screenplays. You can research scripts by title or author using the online book catalogue. Also, we have published a list of selected Canadian scripts and screenplays from our collection in the Canadian Resources section.
Do you have video copies of all the films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival? Sprockets?
No, unfortunately we do not have all of these film titles in our video study collection. A complete list of our titles is available onsite. A selected list of Canadian films on video available for study purposes is located in the Canadian Resources section of this website.