Music & Film

Live or recorded, the library is a haven for viewers and listeners

In Person

Our events calendar is filled with opportunities to view films ranging from timeless classics to the latest topical documentaries. Many of our film programs feature post-screening talks by filmmakers. The area’s top ensembles performing in every genre can be seen live in free concerts at the library. To see what’s screening and who’s performing visit the Events Calendar.


We have a first-rate collection of DVDs to rent and CDs to borrow, spanning all genres. Our film collection contains an outstanding selection of world cinema from all continents, while our wide-ranging music collection has a remarkable number of rare recordings by 20th century and contemporary composers. In addition to our physical collection, movies and music can be downloaded or streamed through our Films on Demand and Hoopla services.


Among our many special film programs are two distinctive, award-winning series that have become a model for libraries nationwide. Held each January and February, the Princeton Environmental Film Festival is a 12-day event that brings the top documentary filmmakers to town for post-screening discussions. Every July, the focus is on emerging filmmakers with the Princeton Student Film and Video Festival.