How to Obtain Copies of Videotapes of Proceedings of Congress and Network and Cable Television Broadcasts

Publication Date: December 1996

Publisher: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service


Research Area: Media, telecommunications, and information



The following information has been compiled in response to numerous requests made by congressional offices for videotape copies of congressional proceedings and programs from network or cable television. Most audiovisual materials that are deposited at the Library of Congress are under copyright restrictions which prohibit loan or duplication (even for Members of Congress). If viewing a program is all that is required, congressional staff may wish to contact the reference staff of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound (MBRS) Division at 7-8572 to see if a program is in the Library’s collection and make an appointment to see it. Videos in the Library’s collection can only be viewed during Motion Picture Reading Room hours (8:30 - 5:00 M-F), and appointments must be made in advance. (Note: Offices that have access to the Library’s online catalog may search Library audiovisual holdings in MUMS using the ;file=av command. However, not locating a program in MUMS does not mean the Library does not have it. Again, check with reference staff of the MBRS Division at 7-8572.)