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Sadly, the Library Media Project, which began in 1988, will be closing our office doors on the last day of April 2007, after over 18 years assisting U.S. librarians with their media collection development on a wide range of important subjects.

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

Thomas Jefferson observed that "Information is the currency of democracy". It was an honor to contribute to these thousands and thousands of "information banks" – our country’s libraries - for the past 18 years.

It was our good fortune to work with the amazing librarians who vigilantly keep the doors to free information open and accessible for so many Americans.

We will never forget the crucial role of the public, school and academic libraries are to the very heart of our democracy.

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


MacArthur DVD
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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Library Video Project created the first public library, low-cost, high-quality video projects. They were the multiyear, multifaceted MacArthur Video Classics program and The MacArthur Library, a selection of videos from Independent filmmakers.

A few remaining videos from the MacArthur Video Classics and The MacArthur Library collection are still available from our warehouse at a minimal cost, and are now available to school and academic libraries, as well as to public libraries. See below for DVD information.

In December 1998, our funding from the MacArthur Foundation ended. However, we are continuing our work in the field of media collection development as The Library Media Project. For more information on our name change and to add your support of our project, please take a look at our announcement page.

MacArthur Video Classics video information

Select a whole series or replace a missing tape from such series as "The Story of English", "Great Performances", "Life on Earth", "The American Short Story Series" and "American Playhouse".
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MacArthur Video Classics
and The MacArthur Library DVD information

Currently six titles are now available on DVD from these two previous collections. See below for list.

The MacArthur Library video information
Choose from 22 award-winning VHS documentary videos such as "Amazonia", "Best Boy", "Atomic Cafe", "Hearts and Minds", and "The Right Whale".
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MacArthur Classics and
MacArthur Library DVD Titles

I, Claudius

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