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When one door closes another one opens.

Our work continues. Please read on.

The Library Media Project closed our Sunnyside Avenue office on the last day of April 2007. For the past 19 years, beginning in 1988 as the MacArthur Foundation Library Video Project, we have had the honor of assisting U.S. librarians with their media collection development
on a wide range of important subjects.

We are continuing to work on securing funding for an urgently needed educational project on Our Environment and the Climate Crisis. Our new office location can be found on our contact page.
If you have any questions, please email us at

Our mission is to foster the public discourse that is central to our democracy
one library at a time.

Thomas Jefferson observed, "Information is the currency of democracy". It is an honor to contribute to these thousands of "information banks" - our country's libraries located in communities, big and small and in between, in all of the 50 states.

It was our good fortune to work with thousands of dedicated librarians who vigilantly keep the doors to free, accessible information available for so many millions in our country. Their life's work is central to the very heart of our democracy: informed public debate.

We have been honored to have worked with so many remarkable, innovative and thoughtful librarians. They are, and always will be, our heroes.

With luck, and funding from an angel or two, we'll be able to continue our work
to foster critically important informed public discourse throughout America.

Please take a moment to watch a brief
6-minute mini-history

of the Library Media Project

Over 3,100 libraries across America have participated in our projects.
These libraries serve over 209 million people.

Alec Anderson

Pictured is young Alec Anderson, our favorite fundraiser, with his donation box at the corner of South University Ave and East 56th Street by the University of Chicago.

Alec raised over $15 in donations of nickels, dimes, quarters, and even dollars, for the Library Media Project. And people say this is a cynical world. Not with Alec in it. Thank you, Alec. And thanks to all of your kind donors in Hyde Park.

MacArthur DVD collection

Cinema Classics on DVD: collection curated by Roger Ebert

the Visual Arts curated video collection
currently on

watch a video about the Library Media Project

MacArthur Foundation Library Videos

see what's available on
our eBay fundraiser
the Issues of Aging curated video collection
the Health curated video collection
other previous curated video collections
who are we?
our funders
contact us

Awards and Links

Constructing Library Core Collections

One of our goals as the not for profit Library Media Project was to assist librarians in the development of media collections in public, academic and school libraries. In turn, these diverse media collections created greater public access to information and education on a variety of subjects.

Over the last eighteen years, the Library Media Project established itself as a resource for authoritative collections of high quality film and video material for public libraries. Over these years, we worked with more than 3,100 libraries that served 209 million people. We hoped to help construct bridges to the pluralistic cultures that make our society and our country so vibrant and interesting.

Through these Web Pages we hope to share information, ideas, resources; and to assist in the general professional dialogue by creating a web-based discussion about the remarkable voices and visions of our Independent film and videomakers.

Please take a moment to view some of our offerings that were available to public, academic and school libraries during the operational years of the Library Media Project.

Mary Kirby, Executive Director

MacArthur Foundation Library Video Classics and The MacArthur Library videos
The MacArthur DVD collection. DVD selections from the original MacArthur Video Classics and MacArthur Library projects.
Cinema Classics on DVD curated by a member of our advisory board, Roger Ebert.
The Visual Arts curated video collection.
View a short video to learn more about the Library Media Project
It's Fun!
Drop in often to see what's available. Happy bidding! 
Issues of Aging: a previous
curated video collection
Health: a previous curated video collection
Native American and Latino: previous curated video collections

To purchase books on all of these subjects, please visit our associates at
In Association with,
and be sure to take a look at our suggested
reading list
for the Issues of Aging.

macarthur classics on DVD | cinema classics on DVD | visual arts videos
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