Spanish Film Collection

Swarthmore students will benefit greatly from an ever-expanding Spanish Film Collection due to our recent acquisition of very contemporary and hard to find Latin American and Spanish films and documentaries.

The collection is housed at McCabe Library and the Language Resource Center (LRC), and includes materials suitable for many subject areas, including Anthropology, Art, Film Studies, Psychology, Sociology, etc. Students can also benefit from available audiovisual materials at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges.

A careful and meticulous cataloguing combined with multiple search and browsing options makes it extremely easy to find the films. For example, the library catalog allows retrieval of all Peruvian films and documentaries at a glance.

Viewers will be able to enjoy award-winning television series (such as Vulnerables and Epitafios) and the latest Latin American soap operas. Learn about the Spanish Civil War through an extensive series of films and documentaries, including Marta Arribas and Ana Péres' El tren de la memoria. Watch Television por la identidad, a project of the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, and become informed about the situation of children who are still missing and deprived of their identity.

For information about the film collection, please contact Professor Luciano Martínez (lmartin1). If there is a film that you would like the library to purchase, please complete this form. To suggest a purchase for the LRC, please contact Michael Jones (mjones1)

Finding Materials in the Collection

There are currently two ways to find films in the collection:

The Language Resource Center's Online Catalog provides an easy and quick way to browse its collection.

Tripod is the library catalog of Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr Colleges. It contains the information on the films of both the LRC and McCabe Library, and the holdings of the other colleges. There are a number of ways to search the catalog, depending on what you are looking for, and it has a specific section to search for videos and DVDs. For example, it can be searched to find specific films by topic, genre, director, and keyword. But you can also search by country, which is very useful if you are researching or planning to study abroad on a particular Spanish speaking country, and you want to know which movies and documentaries are available.

Viewing Films

You can check out films or watch them in one of the many viewing rooms of McCabe library, which are located in the third level. Cornell and Underhill libraries also have screening rooms.  

The LRC offers individual viewing stations but also has a Media Screening Room where you can lounge on cozy sofas an enjoy your movie.