Reference Assistance

An exterior photo of The Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study The Margaret Herrick Library is a specialized research library devoted to motion pictures. The reference staff is available to answer questions about the library and its collections, and to assist individuals conducting motion picture-related research. Please be aware that materials in the library do not circulate.

In Person

The Margaret Herrick Library is open to the public. Anyone seeking information on motion pictures is welcome to visit the library and undertake their own research. A member of the reference staff is always available to offer assistance. Please review the library rules before you come.

By E-mail

Brief factual queries may be handled via e-mail. Please be aware that an e-mail response may take up to three business days (excluding weekends). We will provide information or referrals only; photocopies and photographic reproductions of library materials can only be requested in person at the library or through the National Film Information Service (where applicable). If you would like to submit an e-mail query, please use the linked form.

By Phone

Brief factual queries may be directed to the library's Telephone Reference Service. This service is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Time. The telephone number is (310) 247-3020. Callers are limited to three to five minutes per call. Please make your questions as specific as possible.

By Regular Mail

The National Film Information Service is available to those outside of Southern California who are in need of more in-depth research. This is a fee-based service handled through regular mail.