The CEAS Film Library is one of the largest East Asian DVD collections in the United States, comprising over 7,000 titles from China, Japan, and Korea. It includes historical films, documentaries, television series, and contemporary cinema. Many of the films are imported from overseas and are difficult to find in the U.S. Films are available for check-out free of charge to any current University of Chicago student, staff, or faculty member. CEAS Associate Members, K-16 educators, and the general public may also borrow films for educational use.

1155 E. 60th Street, Room #309
Chicago, IL 60637
(Take elevators marked 2S or 2E to the 3rd floor)

Weekdays: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Weekends: CLOSED

If you need a film but cannot be here during operational hours, please contact Megumi Kim at

New Films

The CEAS Library has acquired many new exciting films recently, including a large shipment of Chinese classics dated between the 1950s and 70s, a collection of North Korean films from the 1990s to early 2000s, and a variety of other films such as: Inspired Island II (Taiwan, 2015), Plastic China (China, 2016), Shoplifters (Japan, 2018), Weekends (South Korea, 2016), and Along with the Gods (South Korea, 2017). 

We encourage faculty and students to submit requests for new films that would be a good addition to our collection. For any film related questions, please contact Myra Su at

Easy to Use

Search the online film catalog to find what you're looking for. Use the "Advanced Search" function to narrow down films by language, director, subtitles, etc. Write down the CEAS catalog number so you can find it on the shelf when you arrive. If a film is currently checked out, the catalog listing will read "Not Available."

  • Film rental is FREE and is as easy as coming and signing up. Any current University of Chicago faculty, student, staff, or CEAS Associates may borrow films.
  • Borrowers will be held responsible for replacing lost or damaged films.
  • Films are due back one week from the date they are borrowed.
  • Films are for viewing only and are not to be copied.
  • Only two films may be borrowed at one time. Exceptions for course-related viewing should be arranged in advance with the Coordinator.
  • Use of the film library implies agreement to all above conditions.

Region Codes and DVD Playback

CEAS does not guarantee that films borrowed from the Film Library will be viewable on your player. Because many of the DVDs in the CEAS film library originate overseas, viewers may encounter regional code differences that affect playback. Region 1 DVD players from the United States will often not play Region 2 and 3 DVDs from overseas. Many desktop computers and laptops only allow a region change five times before locking. The free, legal video player VLC is a downloadable alternative that bypasses region issues. More information about DVD region codes.